Diego Valeri #3, Timbers vs. FCD, 3.13.16
Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Quick Strikes | Heading into #PORvSJ, Diego Valeri leads MLS in chance creation

On Saturday, the Portland Timbers will play their third match in seven days when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Providence Park (7:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS). Here are five numbers to know for #PORvSJ.

28 Chances created is a stat from Opta that combines the number of assists and key passes (the final pass leading to the recipient of the ball having an attempt at goal without scoring). And no player in MLS has created more chances this season than Diego Valeri. Valeri's 28 chances created is 11 more than any other MLS player. 

14 This is the 14th different season that teams named the San Jose Earthquakes and the Portland Timbers have been in the same league (1975-1982 and 2011-present). Heading into 2016, Portland has beaten San Jose at least once in all but two of those years (1997 and 2011). 

9 In his Timbers home debut on April 13, defender Chris Klute recorded a career-high nine tackles during the game, marking the most by a Timbers player this season and the fourth-most by any MLS player in a single game in 2016. 

20 Darren Mattocks scored the 20th goal of his MLS career in Wednesday's match. The recently acquired forward is now tied for the sixth most goals in MLS history by a Jamaican-born player, tying him with former Colorado Rapids striker Deshorn Brown. 

16/4 In 2015, both Fanendo Adi and San Jose's Chris Wondolowski finished the regular season with 16 goals, which was tied for seventh-most in MLS. Both players have continued their goalscoring prowess in 2016 with Adi having scored four times and Wondolowski a league-leading five. The duo are the only players to have scored 13 or more goals in 2015 and four or more goals this year. 

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