Four different Portland Timbers players were named today as finalists for MLS is Back Tournament awards with midfielder Sebastián Blanco among the names for Player of the Tournament. While Best XI voting is handled by the media, for Player of the Tournament, 25% of the vote is contributed by fans. Click on the tweet below to Vote Blanco for #PlayerOfTheTourney.
Need more numbers to help get out the vote? With three goals and five assists, here's a look at some of the numbers Blanco has put up while in Orlando.
1+1 He is the only player with a goal or an assist in six matches at MLS is Back Tournament. The next most is NYRB's Bradley Wright-Phillips who had five matches with a goal or an assist.
3+,3+ Blanco is the one of only two players with three or more goals and three or more assists during the tournament.
8Blanco's combined goals and assists of three and five respectively, are the second-most in the tournament behind LAFC's Diego Rossi.
5Blanco's five assists are in a tie for most in the tournament. Moreover, Blanco had five straight competitive matches with an assist which is a club record in the MLS-era
3Blanco's three goals are tied for sixth-most in Orlando. His two game-winning goals are tied for most in the tournament.
But it's not just the goals and assists that Blanco has put up in Orlando. In the video below, Timbers soccer analyst Ross Smith shows in the Timbers' 3-1 quarterfinal win over NYCFC, how many of the little things Blanco has done both on and off the ball that have helped his team reach Tuesday's final against Orlando (5:30pm PT, ESPN).
Mike #Statman Donovan contributed to this story.