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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Updated: May 23, 1:50 PM ET
Under-17/18 Academy Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNHS Senior Editor

The LA Galaxy and FC Dallas were cruising along. Then came last week.

A combined 0-3 weekend from the previous top two teams sent this week's ESPNHS Development Academy Under-17/18 Power Ratings into a state of flux.

In addition to the losses by LA Galaxy and FC Dallas, No. 3 Chicago Fire was held to a tie and Nos. 4 and 5 -- Sockers FC and CASL Chelsea -- both took losses.

The net result is the Fire moving up to No. 1 since it was the only top five team that did not lose. Colorado Rapids leap from No. 6 to No. 2. Despite all of the surprise results, only two new teams join the top 10 this week -- the Vancouver Whitecaps and Baltimore Bays Chelsea.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top 10 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 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-17/18
Chicago Fire
Last Week: 3
As the only team in the top five that did not lose last week, the Chicago Fire moves to No. 1 in this week's rankings. The team was held to a scoreless tie by Indiana United.
Next Match: May 5 vs. CSA Wolves
Colorado Rapids
Last Week: 6
Dillon Serna scored four goals and Shane O'Neill added two as the Rapids handled the Colorado Rush 6-2 over the weekend. If not for a loss the week before, this would be the No. 1 team.
Next Match: May 5 at Real Colorado
FC Dallas
Last Week: 2
FC Dallas' opportunity to snag the No. 1 ranking slipped away in a 4-0 loss to league rival Texas Rush. Although it cost the team a spot in the top 10, FC Dallas is still No. 1 in Texas.
Next Match: May 5 at Dallas Texans
Sockers FC

Last Week: 4
Anthony DiNuzzo scored the lone goal in a league loss to Vardar. Despite the setback, Sockers FC are still second in the division to the Chicago Fire.
Next Match: May 6 at FC Milwaukee
Shattuck-St. Mary's
Last Week: 7
Shattuck-St. Mary's travels to St. Louis this weekend for a chance to avenge a recent setback that cost them several spots in the top 10 a week earlier.
Next Match: May 5 at Scott Gallagher-Metro
LA Galaxy
Last Week: 1
LA Galaxy lost twice to Real Salt Lake-AZ over the weekend and would have dropped completely out of the top 10 had it not been for the fact this team still sports one of the best overall records.
Next Match: May 5 at Nomads SC
Last Week: 8
PDA starts league play this week against No. 9 New York Red Bulls, which could be a pivotal matchup in determining a league frontrunner this spring.
Next Match: May 5 vs. New York Red Bulls
Vancouver Whitecaps
Last Week: NR
The Vancouver Whitecaps carry a seven-match win streak into its final four regular-season contests. The team has already clinched a playoff spot.
Next Match: May 19 vs. CDA
NY Red Bulls
Last Week: 10
New York Red Bulls were idle last weekend. The team is among the last in the Academy to start league play when it faces PDA this weekend in a heated rivalry between these strong programs.
Next Match: May 5 at PDA
Baltimore Bays Chelsea
Last Week: NR
Malcolm Harris and Christian Morales scored twice each and Yaw Amankwa and Michael Gamble added goals as the Baltimore Bays Chelsea defeated the New England Revolution 6-1.
Next Match: May 6 vs. D.C. United