The Timbers finished fourth in the Western Conference. It was a pretty comfortable fourth position as well, they had a 6 points lead over fifth-placed Minnesota United.
The Timbers rarely looked like ever winning the conference though. They did close in on Seattle and Sporting KC mid-season when they were the dominant two sides, but it was a brief flirt with the top of the table.
Giovanni Savarese’s side play an open and attacking style of soccer, and as a result, fans were treated to a season with zero 0-0 draws.
In total, the Timbers scored in 29 of their 34 regular season matches.
This led to them being the second top scorers in the Western Conference with 56 goals, just two behind Sporting KC, who found the net 58 times.
The open style has also led to them conceding a lot of goals, 52 in total. Only Real Salt Lake (conceded 54 times) has a worse defensive record of the 14 teams who qualified for the playoffs.
New York City
Like the Timbers, New York City also finished fourth in their respective conference.
Unlike the Timbers, it wasn’t a comfortable fourth-placed finish though.
NYC required a strong finish to grab a playoff spot. This included a five-match unbeaten run at the end of the regular season that saw them pick up 11 points.
A strong defense is a cornerstone on which New York’s success is built. Ronny Deila’s side conceded only 36 goals in the regular season.
Just three sides in the Eastern Conference managed better than that.
Further underlining what a well-balanced side the Boys In Blue are is their offensive record. They managed to score 56 times last season, only runaway conference winners, New England Revolution scored more goals (65).
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Dean has a strong affinity for the English Premier League and cricket, but his extensive understanding of sports allows him to discuss a wide range of athletic topics. Previously, Dean has explored the world to attend events such as the FIFA World Cup and Ashes cricket matches, but currently, he prefers to enjoy sports from the coziness of his home.