A by the numbers glance at the Portland Timbers path to the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs

The Portland Timbers qualified for the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs as the third seed from the Western Conference.

But how did the Timbers get there?

During the 2015 regular season, the Timbers won 15 games, the most wins in the team's MLS history. Among those were crucial road victories over the Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake, Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy, a stirring 4-1 home victory over rival Seattle Sounders FC in June and a playoff clinching 4-1 victory over Colorado last week. 

The Timbers also got valuable contributions nearly every week from players up and down the roster. 

Timbers.com dives deep to present some of the key numbers and contributions from this past regular season.

159Over the last three seasons, the Timbers have the fourth most points in MLS (57, 49, 53). They trail only the Red Bulls (169), Seattle (167) and LA (165).

3Portland is one of only three teams in the last three years to not lose three or more games in a row. Moreover, their record following a loss is 13-3-9 immediatly following a loss since 2013 including 6-1-4 this season.

7With seven away wins in 2015, the Timbers were tied for the most road victories in Major League Soccer. In all, the Timbers earned 23 points in games away from Providence Park this season.

2.9A key pass being the final pass or pass/shot leading to the recipient of the ball having an attempt at goal. At 2.9 per game from midfielder Diego Valeri, he ranks second in MLS behind only Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales.

5 Game-winning goals from Timbers forward Fanendo Adi. The number is the most in Timbers MLS history and is tied for fifth-most in MLS this season.

13 Shutouts registered by the Portland Timbers this season. That number was the best in MLS this season and the third-most in Timbers history across all eras.

16 Goals scored by Fanendo Adi. A careerr high, it is the most goals scored by a single player in the Timbers five year MLS history.

31 Blocks by defender Nat Borchers. That number of blocks is the second-highest in a single MLS season since Opta began tracking the league's stats in 2011.

67 Chances created by midfielder Darlington Nagbe. The figure places Nagbe firmly in the top 10 of chance creators in MLS this season, an elite list of players that also includes Sacha Kljestan, Federico Higuaín and Benny Feilhaber among others.

87 Fouls suffered by Darlington Nagbe, second-most in MLS behind MVP candidate Sebastian Giovinco. Nagbe's ability to draw fouls in dangerous areas consistently led to set-piece opportunities for his teammates and, in the case of the final game of the regular season against Colorado, for himself, whereupon he scored off the free kick.

124 Tackles by defender Alvas Powell. This is the most by a Timbers defender in a single MLS season since Opta began tracking the league's stats in 2011 and is the second-highest number of tackles in MLS this season.

871 Successful passes in the opposing half by Darlington Nagbe. This number places Nagbe safely in the top 10 in MLS, sandwiched between LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho and New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen.

The Timbers face visiting Sporting Kansas City this Thursday at Providence Park (7:00pm PT, ROOT SPORTS/UniMas).

Mike Donovan contributed stat research to this story.


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