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Monday, May 7, 2012
Updated: May 23, 1:52 PM ET
Under-17/18 Academy Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNHS Senior Editor

An 8-0-1 showing by last week's top 10 teams against unranked opponents left little room for change this week.

The Chicago Fire remains No. 1 following a pair of convincing victories. FC Dallas moves back to No. 2 while Sockers SC inch a spot higher to No. 3.

The Rapids, dropping from 2 to 4, and the Baltimore Bays Chelsea and New York Red Bulls swapping spots at Nos. 9 and 10 were the only other changes.

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: 1
Victor Pineda scored three goals last week, including two in the team's 6-2 win over Vardar. Joey Calistri also scored twice against Vardar. The team also beat CSA Wolves 4-1.
Next Match: May 13 vs. Chicago Magic PSG
FC Dallas
Last Week: 3
FC Dallas inches back to the No. 2 position following the team's 4-1 victory over the Dallas Texans. The team's next match is against second-place Texans SC Houston
Next Match: May 19 Texans SC Houston
Sockers FC
Last Week: 4
John Pothast scored the first and last goals as Sockers defeated FC Milwaukee 4-1 over the weekend. Sockers remain in second place to the Chicago Fire in league play.
Next Match: May 12 vs. Internationals
Colorado Rapids
Last Week: 2
Shane O'Neill gave Rapids a lead in the fifth minute, but the team ended up in a 1-1 draw with Real Colorado. The result keeps this team in second place in the division race.
Next Match: May 12 vs. Scott Gallagher-Missouri
Shattuck-St. Mary's

Last Week: 5
Jacob Gandarilla's goal helped Shattuck-St. Mary's avenge a recent loss in a 1-0 win over SLSG-Missouri. A day later, Eddosa Muhammed scored twice in a win over SLSG-Metro.
Next Match: May 12 vs. Colorado Rush
LA Galaxy

Last Week: 6
LA Galaxy's 4-1 win over Nomads moves the team within striking range of first place in the division. Galaxy has played one fewer match than leader Chivas, but is only two points back.
Next Match: May 12 vs. Seattle Sounders

Last Week: 7
Bradley Raw's goal carried PDA to a crucial 1-0 league win over New York Red Bulls. PDA and Albertson seem to be in the best position to win this division race.
Next Match: May 12 vs. New York Cosmos
Vancouver Whitecaps

Last Week: 8
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
Baltimore Bays Chelsea
Last Week: 10
Michael Gamble and Jacori Hayes scored goals as Baltimore Bays Chelsea silenced D.C. United 2-0. The Bays, FC DELCO and PA Classics figure to be the frontrunners in this league race.
Next Match: May 12 vs. PA Classics
NY Red Bulls
Last Week: 9
The New York Red Bulls swap places with the Baltimore Bays Chelsea as the Red Bulls fell to PDA 1-0 last week. The Bays and Red Bulls had tied early this year.
Next Match: May 12 vs. Met Oval