Playing their last of seven games in the month of August, the Portland Timbers will take on Real Salt Lake Saturday night at Providence Park (7:30pm PT, TICKETS, FOX 12 Plus (KPDX)). Here are five numbers to know for #PORvRSL in the latest edition of Quick Strikes.
45 After his free kick-goal against the Sounders, Diego Valeri now has 45 regular-season goals at Providence Park. Valeri is one of seven MLS players ever to have both 45 goals and 45 assists in home matches.
3 The Timbers have three straight victories over Real Salt Lake. In those three matches, Portland has outscored its Utah opponents by a 9-2 margin.
10 In the 22 regular-season matches between the two Portland and Real Salt Lake, there have been 10 red cards shown. That is the most of any fixture involving the Timbers and the second-most of any fixture in MLS since 2011, behind only matches between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo.
3X7 Portland is one of five teams with three players with at least seven goals scored this season with Brian Fernandez, Jeremy Ebobisse, and Valeri all having hit that mark. One of the other four teams with three players at that number is Real Salt Lake (Albert Rusnák, Sam Johnson, Jefferson Savarino).
0 Of all teams in MLS this season, the Timbers are the only one who haven't lost when scoring the first goal of a match. Portland is 10-0-1 when scoring first in 2019.