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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Updated: May 22, 10:36 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.

Current No. 3 Sting will have an April 22 clash with No. 4 Dallas Texans, which will have some impact in the rankings. With the Colorado Rush at No. 5, this group seems pretty settled heading into the stretch run of the season.

The one squad close to claiming a top five spot was Mustang, which saw that chance dashed in a loss to Bethesda on the final day of competition at the ECNL San Diego event.

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
Dallas Texans

Last Week: NR
Jasmine Hart, Sophie Groff and Marchelle Davis have combined for 37 goals and 18 assists this season. The Texans face a key Texas grudge match against Sting on April 22.
Next Match: April 15 at FC Dallas
Colorado Rush

Last Week: 5
Colorado Rush tied two of three matches at the ECNL San Diego event this past weekend, but the undefeated showing allowed the team to cling to a top five ranking.
Next Match: June 3 at Real Colorado