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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Updated: May 22, 10:41 PM ET
ECNL U16 Power Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels
ESPNHS Staff

No. 8 FC DELCO really proved a point this weekend. By beating Ohio Elite, FC DELCO remained undefeated against Flight A opponents. This Flight B squad gained one spot in this week's ESPNHS ECNL U-16 Power Rankings.

There was no movement in the top five as both No. 3 Slammers and No. 4 PDA had successful outings. No. 7 Dallas Sting was impressive this weekend with two different 5-0 wins, and Atlanta Fire's idle status continues to destabilize their ranking. They drop three spots to No. 9.

This age group is unique in that the No. 1 team has completed their regular season. But No. 2 Lonestar is right on their tail, and they'll have a chance to prove themselves over the next few weeks.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top ten teams in each age group. These rankings, indicative of the results of a team rather than a prediction of future outcomes, offer a sampling of some of the top talent in the game.

This Weekend's Top 10 Matches
No. 3 Slammers vs. Real So Cal
No. 4 PDA vs. East Meadow
No. 5 SoCal Blues vs. West Coast
No. 10 Mustang vs. Washington Premier

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
This is a solid team with a solid body of work from the year. This team will sit at No. 1 until someone can prove otherwise.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
2
Lonestar SC
14-4-4
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Last Week: 2
Lonestar has the best chance to prove otherwise. The defending national champions have three big matches in mid-May that could earn them the top spot.

Next Match: May 12 vs. Dallas Texans
3
Slammers
16-2-3
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Last Week: 3
Slammers made it through the Washington road trip with a win and a tie, as Mackenzie Cerda notched a goal and an assist. Slammers remains locked in a tight battle for first place.
Next Match: May 5 vs. Real So Cal
4
PDA
7-0-6
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Last Week: 4
With a 2-0 win over McLean, this team is still undefeated. The big test comes in mid-May when PDA plays host to FC Stars of Mass and Scorpions in the same weekend.
Next Match: May 5 vs. East Meadow
5
SoCal Blues
13-3-3
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Last Week: 5
First and foremost, SoCal Blues is concerned about the dogfight with Slammers for first place in the SoCal Conference and in National Flight A. This will come down to the last game.
Next Match: May 6 vs. West Coast FC
6
Michigan Hawks
14-5-6
1
Last Week: 7
The better Sting plays, the better Michigan Hawks looks. The Hawks beat No. 7 Sting at the Sanford Event, and their movement in our rankings depends partly on the Dallas club.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
7
Dallas Sting
14-3-2
1
Last Week: 8
Two separate 5-0 wins this weekend made a convincing statement. Emma Heckendorn earned a hat trick in Saturday's win over TSC Hurricane.
Next Match: May 12 vs. FC Dallas
8
FC DELCO
14-2-2
1
Last Week: 9
It was a huge weekend for DELCO, locking down wins over Ohio Premier and Ohio Elite. This Flight B squad remains undefeated against Flight A opponents.
Next Match: May 19 vs. FC Bucks
9
Atlanta Fire
17-4-6
3
Last Week: 6
As we've mentioned before, this idle team is still at risk for lots of movement in our rankings. The teams around them played well, so they drop a few spots this week.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
10
Mustang SC
11-3-3
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Last Week: 10
A 2-1 win over De Anza Force may have gotten them back on track, and they've got just three games remaining in their season to try to hold on to the No. 10 spot.
Next Match: May 5 vs. Washington Premier