When thinking about the Toronto FC defence in 2015, not too many good things come to mind. One exception, however, is Justin Morrow. Having been largely consistent at the back and posing a solid threat going forward, Morrow has proven to be one of the most consistent fullbacks in MLS.
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The 2015 season saw the 28-year old, Ohio native, play 32 games for the Reds. That is the second most on the team, behind Sebastian Giovinco, who played 33. Morrow would start 31 of those games and play a total of 2756 minutes for the club. The full-back would go on to post 2 goals and 2 assists during the season, a total that he can improve in the future. Defensively, Morrow was solid at the back, often making up ground for those defenders that were caught out of position.
Brought into the squad in 2014, Justin Morrow has solidified his position in the TFC defence and is often the first name on the team sheet when fit. His marauding runs from the back and his ability to defend make him a valued asset to the team. Typically, a left-sided player, Morrow can also play right-back. This is something he had to do, at various stages this season, due to the injury to Mark Bloom and the defence being thin. His ability to put in quality crosses into the box proved an important feature of TFC's offence as it would put the opposition on the back-foot when trying to defend.
Going into next season, Justin Morrow will be an integral part of the team if he continues to replicate his form from last year. With the addition of Beitashour and Drew Moor, TFC should be able to form a consistent back-line, where Morrow can thrive. The addition of a vocal goalkeeper, in Irwin, should also have the defence, as a whole, playing better. Once Justin Morrow has the necessary cover and starts to trust those in the back-line with him, he will make runs further up the pitch which will definitely add to his assist totals from last year.
Out of all the defensive players from season 2015, Justin Morrow ranks at the top and for good reason. His play in a TFC shirt has been nothing less than stellar over the last year and fans will be vying for him to take the same form into next season. With the investment in defence by management, one can see Morrow having more confidence in his back-line and getting further up the pitch to put more venom in the attack. In 2016, Justin Morrow will be one of the most important players in a TFC shirt.