Sebastián Blanco, Timbers training, 1.22.19
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Quick Strikes | Timbers set to face Cincinnati in MLS era but it's not the first time Portland has played a Cincinnati team

For the first time in 2019, the Portland Timbers will take on an Eastern Conference opponent, as they face off with FC Cincinnati in their home MLS debut at Nippert Stadium on Sunday (2:00pm PT, FS1). Here are five numbers to know for #CINvPOR in the latest Quick Strikes. 

11 Sebastián Blanco has recorded 11 shots in the first two matches of the season, which is good for second-most in MLS in 2019. The 11 shots are the most Blanco has had over a two-game stretch since joining the Timbers. 

67 After his free kick delivery to Jeremy Ebobisse against LAFC, Diego Valeri now has 67 assists for his MLS career. That places the Argentine maestro at 20th for most assists in MLS history.

106 In the 44-year history of the Timbers, Nippert Stadium will be the 106th different visiting stadium the club has played in. Nippert Stadium will be third stadium in the state of Ohio that Portland has played in, joining MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus and Middlefield Cheese Stadium near Cleveland. 

4 When playing an MLS expansion team for the first time, the Timbers have notched a 4-2-1 record. In those seven matches, Portland has outscored its opponents by a 11-8 margin. 

324 Sunday's match will not be the first time the Timbers have played against a team from Cincinnati. In the A-League era, Portland played the Cincinnati Riverhawks on four different occasions with their last match being a 2-1 Timbers win in extra time in front of 324 fans at the Town & Country Sports Complex in Wilder, Ky.  

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