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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Updated: May 22, 10:36 PM ET
ECNL U16 Power Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels
ESPNHS Staff

Ohio Elite's loss to Slammers last week was the key result that altered this week's rankings.

Slammers check in at No. 5 following a 2-1 win over former No. 2 Ohio Elite in a very balanced under-16 race. Considering KCFC and Atlanta Fire are already finished, it's up to upcoming matches by Lonestar, So Cal Blues and Slammers to shuffle the order in future rankings.

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-16
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
KCFC
20-4-2
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Last Week: 1
Started the season 19-1, then had a very tough 0-2-1 trip to Sanford in December. But they still have an impressive resume, with a number of strong wins.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
2
Lonestar SC
14-4-4
1
Last Week: 3
Big wins over Dallas Sting, Michigan Hawks and Solar-Chelsea highlight the year for the defending ECNL National Champions at this age group.

Next Match: May 12 vs. Dallas Texans
3
SoCal Blues
10-2-2
1
Last Week: 4
The So Cal Blues move up a spot after a clean sweep at the ECNL San Diego event. The Blues defeated Freestate (Md.), FC Bucks (Pa.) and the Colorado Rush.
Next Match: April 7 vs. San Diego Surf
4
Atlanta Fire
17-4-6
1
Last Week: 5
This team played an extremely tough schedule and didn't have a single bad loss. The Atlanta Fire did have some great wins, including beating Concorde Fire in the first game of the season.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
5
Slammers
13-2-2
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Last Week: NR
Mackenzie Cerda scored six goals at the ECNL San Diego event last weekend as the team went 3-0 to earn a top five ranking. This team has plenty of room to move up in upcoming weeks.
Next Match: April 14 at Real So Cal