The Portland Timbers and FC Dallas will kick off the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship with a match on Sunday at Providence Park (4:30pm PT, FOX Sports 1). Here are five numbers to know for #PORvDAL in a special playoff edition of Quick Strikes by Simple.
28 Since debuting for Portland in May of last season, forward Fanendo Adi has scored 28 goals across all competitions. The 28 goals are the third-most ever scored by a Timbers player over a two-season span. Byron Alvarez notched 30 in competitive matches spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons while McKinley Tennyson scored 29 in 2002-2003.
5 Darlington Nagbe has scored five goals against FC Dallas across MLS regular season and U.S. Open Cup matches. Nagbe's five goals join Diego Valeri's five against Chivas USA as the most goals scored in MLS Timbers history against a single opponent.
9 Portland has scored in nine consecutive matches against Dallas, a streak that dates back to 2012. It is Portland's longest current streak for scoring against an MLS opponent.
10 Ten different Portland Timbers have scored goals for the club in the MLS Cup Playoffs after Adi and Diego Chara found the back of the net in the club's Western Conference Semifinal victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
3 For just the second time in club history, the Timbers have started a postseason unbeaten through three matches. In 1978, Portland knocked out the Washington Diplomats and the Vancouver Whitecaps on the way to the National Conference Finals.