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Friday, May 18, 2012
Updated: May 23, 3:13 PM ET
Under-17/18 Academy Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNHS Senior Editor

The competitive balance through the Development Academy was evident this past weekend as three teams took losses and one team tied -- all against unranked opponents.

This week figures to be just as eventful, especially with a Top 10 clash between PDA and Albertson highlighting the schedule.

Albertson is the lone new team in this week's top 10 in a week that saw plenty of shuffling in the rankings. Shattuck-Mary's hot run as this residential program up to No. 3, its highest-ever ranking. PDA, Baltimore Bays Chelsea and New York Red Bulls all move up.

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
Joey Calistri continues to be one of the top offensive threats in the Academy, scoring twice in the Chicago Fire's 4-1 win over Chicago Magic PSG last weekend.
Next Match: May 19 vs. Internationals
FC Dallas

Last Week: 2
FC Dallas was idle last week. The team returns to action this weekend against second-place Texans SC Houston in a battle of top Texas programs.
Next Match: May 19 Texans SC Houston
Shattuck-St. Mary's
Last Week: 5
Ricardo Lopez-Espin scored twice in Shattuck's 3-1 win over Real Colorado to complete the team's two-match sweep of Real and the Colorado Rush.
Next Match: May 18 vs. Colorado Rapids
Sockers FC
Last Week: 3
Sockers fall a spot after an upset loss to Columbus Crews Soccer Academy last week. The result moves the team points out of second, but one win will restore that position.
Next Match: May 19 vs. Indiana United
<Last Week: 7
A 1-0-1 showing last weekend puts PDA in position to make a run at first place in the division. The top two teams in the standings meet this weekend as PDA takes on Albertson.
Next Match: May 19 vs. Albertson
Baltimore Bays Chelsea
Last Week: 9
Malcolm Harris scored both goals in the Bays' win over PA Classics, then the team completed the weekend sweep with a 2-1 victory over fellow division front-runner FC DELCO.
Next Match: May 19 vs. NJSA 04
NY Red Bulls
Last Week: 10
Kerlins Georges scored two goals in the Red Bulls' 4-0 win over Met Oval. The team followed up that performance with a 3-1 victory over the New York Cosmos Academy.
Next Match: May 19 vs. FC Westchester
LA Galaxy
Last Week: 6
LA Galaxy split a weekend series with Washington teams - Sounders and Crossfire. The outcome doesn't affect the team's league position, but moves it down in the top 10.
Next Match: May 19 vs. Real So Cal
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
Albertson SC
Last Week: NR
Albertson is one of the few programs to have teams in the ESPNHS Development Academy Top 10 for both the under-16 and 18 teams. The ranking will be tested by PDA this weekend.
Next Match: May 19 vs. PDA