MLS 11: Right Wingers

MLS 11: Right Wingers

Aug 25, 2017, 9:48:02 PM Sport

If you have missed any of the previous editions of this series, the MLS 11 is where we rank the top five players at every position in Major League Soccer. Today's position? Right wing/right midfield.

Honorable Mentions: Paul Arriola, Alberth Elis

1. Romain Alessandrini, LA Galaxy

Coming over from Marseille before the season, Romain Alessandrini has been huge for the LA Galaxy. In a season void of much positivity, fans can take solace in their new right winger, Alessandrini. The Frenchman has loads of technical skills, allowing him to dominate the right flank. He can take the ball to the line and execute a perfect cross, or he can expose his defender and cut inside into the box. With the season essentially over for the Galaxy, Romain Alessandrini is going to play a big role in helping LA return to their former glory next year.

2. Hector Villalba, Atlanta United

Hector Villalba is the ultimate versatile attacker. When Atlanta's main striker Josef Martinez was out for a large stretch of the season, Villalba played up top. He didn't just fill the main striker role; he dominated in it. As the main striker, Villalba used his pace to close down opposing defenders and beat teams on the counter. He does all of the same things now, just from the right wing, where he is more comfortable. With Atlanta United looking to make a deep playoff run in their first Major League Soccer season, Hector Villabla is going to have to continue to play a major role.

3. Jack Harrison, New York City FC

One of MLS' most talented up-and-coming young players, Jack Harrison is having a breakout year. Born in England, Harrison came over to the United States to play soccer at the age of 14. Since then, he has developed into a terrific footballer. He's got top end pace and a great shot. Playing next to David Villa certainly allows Jack Harrison certainly allows you extra opportunities; Jack Harrison has clearly taken advantage of those opportunities. 

4. Sebastian Blanco, Portland Timbers

When you play up front with Fenando Adi, Diego Valeri, and Darlington Nagbe, you are probably going to get overlooked. Well we are not going to let that happen on this list. Sebastian Blanco is an integral part of this 2017 Portland Timbers team. Blanco is a key defensive player, often able to make up for the lack of defense from the rest of the attack by putting in great tackles and tracking back. Offensively, the Argentinian is another well-rounded winger capable playing along the flank or drifting inside to create centrally. Say what you will the Portland Timbers inconsistency this season, Sebastian Blanco has been a great contributor.

5. Jordan Morris, Seattle Sounders

Jordan Morris is an enigma. Is he a lone striker, is he a secondary striker, or is he a winger? Well, he has played all three of those positions this calendar year for club and country. But what is his best position? Right wing. Morris struggles with his left foot, although it is improving, so playing along the right allows him to drive the ball to the line and cross it in relatively comfortably. On counter attacks, Jordan Morris is able to use his pace to beat opposing defenders down the field. Normally lining up next to Clint Dempsey and Nico Lodeiro, Morris is the perfect man to complete Seattle's attacking trio. 

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Published by Joseph Lowery

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