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Monday, April 2, 2012
Updated: May 23, 1:52 PM ET
Under-15/16 Academy Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNHS Senior Editor

A pair of teams riding lengthy undefeated streaks debut in this week's ESPNHS Development Academy Under-15/16 Power Rankings.

The red-hot newcomers are the San Diego Surf and Solar Chelsea, checking in at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Between them, they have a 23-match undefeated run.

The other newcomer this week is Albertson SC, returning to the top 10, bumping the Baltimore Bays Chelsea. The Bays fell to No. 10 last week after a loss to Greater Boston. This past weekend, the team tied DC United. Meanwhile, Albertson bested Greater Boston this weekend to justify a spot in this week's rankings.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top 10 teams in each age group.

The rankings will remain the same next Thursday as all Academy teams are idle this weekend, with the exception of those teams participating in the Dallas Cup -- which has no bearing on the Academy standings.

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 top 10 -- especially the bottom three to five spots -- throughout the rest of the Development Academy season.

2011-12 US Soccer Development Academy Power Rankings: Under-15/16
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Dallas Texans
16-1-7
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Last Week: 1
The Dallas Texans are taking part in the Dallas Cup this weekend, which does not count toward Academy standings or rankings. Next up is Lonestar in league play.
Next Match: April 14 vs. Lonestar
2
CSA Wolves
8-0-2
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Last Week: 2
CSA Wolves handled the Indiana United squad 4-1 over the weekend with four players finding the net. CSA Wolves next travels to Ohio to face the Internationals.
Next Match: April 14 at Internationals
3
LA Galaxy
10-3-4
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Last Week: 3
The LA Galaxy is riding an eight-match undefeated streak, which extends back to December. Jaime Villarreal has sparked the offense with 16 goals in 16 matches.
Next Match: April 14 at Strikers FC
4
PDA
11-1-1
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Last Week: 4
Max Kroschwitz scored three goals in PDA's 5-2 victory over Seacoast United. The team followed up that performance with a 2-0 win over Empire United.
Next Match: April 14 vs. Baltimore Bays
5
Colorado Rush
5-0-3
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Last Week: 5
Colorado is the only state with two undefeated Academy under-15/16 teams. Eduardo Reza and Spencer Goldstein have combined for seven goals to pace the offense.
Next Match: April 14 vs. SLSG Metro
6
Chicago Fire
5-2-2
2
Last Week: 8
The Chicago Fire, coming off a draw with CSA Wolves a week ago, did not play this past weekend. Next up is a backyard clash with Sockers FC in a key league meeting.
Next Match: April 14 vs. Sockers FC
7
New England Revolution
6-2-0
2
Last Week: 9
The Revolution carries a four-match win streak into its showdown with the PA Classics. Earlier in the season, the team pinned a defeat on Baltimore Bays.
Next Match: April 14 at PA Classics
8
San Diego Surf
13-4-2
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Last Week: NR
The San Diego Surf are riding a 10-match win streak and have allowed only two goals during that stretch. Michael Turner and Kostas Kotselas have combined for 12 goals this season.
Next Match: April 14 at Real Salt Lake-AZ
9
Solar Chelsea
11-4-8
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Last Week: NR
Solar Chelsea has a 13-match undefeated streak as it heads into the home stretch of league play. The team is tied for second in the league on points.
Next Match: April 14 at Classics Elite
10
Albertson SC
6-1-4
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Last Week: NR
Jeff Banasty and Mark Romanowski scored in the team's 2-1 win over Greater Boston. Since former No. 10 Bays tied and lost to Greater Boston in its last two matches, Albertson moves up.
Next Match: April 14 vs. New York Cosmos