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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Updated: May 22, 10:35 PM ET
ECNL U17 Power Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels

With No. 1 Eclipse Select done until June and No. 2 CASL Chelsea finished until the playoffs, everyone else will be battling for No. 3 in the ESPNHS ECNL Under-17 power rankings.

Changes to the rankings could start after this weekend's play as No. 4 Slammers FC and No. 5 Colorado Rush will be taking part in the ECNL San Diego Showcase.

No. 3 Dallas Sting won't play until after the completion of the Texas high school soccer playoffs, which starts next week.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top five teams in each age group.

It should be noted, these rankings are not predictive, but rather reactive to the results. In other words, the higher ranked team has accomplished something on the field to earn that position for now. As such, we expect quite a bit of turnover in the rankings throughout the rest of the ECNL season.

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-17
Eclipse Select

Last Week: 1
Eclipse can sit comfortably for now, since both they and CASL are mostly done with their season. Eclipse Select won't be active again for another two months.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Carmel United
CASL Chelsea

Last Week: 2
Carolina high schools are in action now, meaning the CASL Chelsea squad has completed its regular season ECNL schedule. This team awaits a high seed in the playoffs.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Dallas Sting

Last Week: 3
The Dallas Sting's big win over Dallas Texans earlier this month solidified their spot in the Top 5. The team's other key victories include PDA and Colorado Rush.
Next Match: April 22 at Dallas Texans
Slammers FC
Last Week: 5
With a win over Arsenal and a tie with San Diego Surf this week, Slammers jumps up into fourth place. If they can sweep this weekend, they could jump even higher.
Next Match: March 31 vs. McLean
Colorado Rush

Last Week: NR
Colorado Rush earns a spot in the rankings as Scorpions drop out. The Rush has a 12-match unbeaten streak earlier this year, including big wins over Real Colorado and SC del Sol.
Next Match: March 31 vs. PDA