The Portland Timbers overcame a one-goal first-half deficit to win the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship and advance to the 2018 MLS Cup by defeating Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on aggregate Thursday night at Children's Mercy Park. Here are three key #StatMan takeaways from #SKCvPOR.
5 The Portland Timbers became the first No.5 seed to advance to the MLS Cup since MLS split its playoff field by conference. It will be Portland's second appearance in the final in the last four years.
3 With his golazo, Sebastián Blanco became the first Timbers player in all eras of the club (1975-) to score three or more goals in a single postseason.
4 Not to be outdone by Blanco, Diego Valeri added a brace of his own in the match. Valeri is now the first Timbers player to score four or more goals in one season's playoffs.