Tactical breakdown: Chung, MacNaughton providing TFC defensive solidity
The CPL newcomers have offered little in attacking creativity, but have made up for it with their defensive qualities so far for Toronto FC.
Bob Bradley’s Canadian revolution at Toronto FC is starting to pay dividends. The club has won three of its last four games with a feisty 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake sandwiched in between, with young Canadians playing significant roles in those results.
While young academy graduates such as Jacob Shaffelburg and Luca Petrasso have locked down spots in Bradley’s starting 11, two pleasantly surprising contributors have also been relied upon.
No one could’ve anticipated Lukas MacNaughton and Kadin Chung earning this many minutes by the third week of April, yet here we are. The former Pacific FC defenders and Canadian Premier League champions have earned a combined 11 appearances (seven starts) – three of which have come together on the right side of the defence.
With both players looking more than capable at this level, here is an in-depth breakdown of their arsenals and areas of improvement.