Welcome to part three of the MLS 11, where we rank the top five players at each position in Major League Soccer! We've made it half way through the defense (check out the center-back edition here) with one more part to go. Let's move forward to the fullbacks:

1. Joevin Jones, Seattle Sounders

The full back position is changing in modern football. Now instead of literally being "fully at the back" like fullbacks used to be in the original 2-3-5 formation, outside backs are more attacking than ever. Joevin Jones is a terrific example of a modern fullback. He has pace, he has ball skills, and he can string together great passes. Unfortunately for Seattle and MLS fans alike, Jones will be moving to 2. Bundesliga club SV Darmstadt 98 at the end of the MLS season. For now, however, if the Sounders want to make any sort of postseason run, Joevin Jones will be key.

2. Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

While many hate on Graham Zusi for his unstable United States Men's National Team appearances, he has been extremely steady for his club. As a former right winger, Zusi is already familiar with playing up and down the right sideline. His transition from a more offensive minded playing style to a more defensive one has been a relatively smooth one. Zusi is not penned back in defense. He is still free to help aid in Kansas CIty's attack, bombing up the right flank on counters and providing vital width in possession. Like Ike Opara and Matt Besler, Graham Zusi is another extremely solid player in SKC's back line.

3. Justin Morrow, Toronto FC

Justin Morrow is an MLS mainstay. He has been in Major League Soccer for eight seasons, four for San Jose and four for Toronto FC, his current club. Morrow plays left wing-back in Greg Vanney's 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 formation, moving up the left sideline in attack and back down again in defense. Toronto currently leads Major League Soccer in the Supporters' Shield race (an award given to the MLS team with the highest number of points) and Justin Morrow and the rest of the defense has certainly played a massive role in the fantastic season TFC is having.

4. Greg Garza, Atlanta United

Coached by former Barcelona manager Tata Martino, Atlanta United play a very "Barca-like" style of football. In Martino's system, fullbacks are always encouraged to join in the attack, playing extremely high up the field. Greg Garza is a perfect fit. He is a very technically gifted player, capable of dribbling through opposing defenders going forward or crossing the ball in from the wing. At only 25, if Greg Garza keeps up his current level of play he will more than likely get some USMNT call ups in the future.

5. Kemar Lawrence, NY Red Bulls

The name Kemar Lawrence is still buzzing from the Gold Cup. You know, the Gold Cup where he and Andre Blake led Jamaica to the final. The Gold Cup where he scored that goal against Mexico in the semifinal... In addition to his great national team success, Kemar has been flourishing in NY. Jesse Marsch has been deploying Lawrence as a left wing-back in a very unique 3-3-3-1 formation. This set up allows NYRB's outside backs to provide width in defense and depth in the attack. Right now, Red Bulls are sitting at forth in the Eastern Conference. Are they good enough to make a deep playoff run? Kemar Lawrence certainly is.

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Published by Joseph Lowery