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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Under-15/16 Academy Rankings

By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNHS Senior Editor

The top five have settled in their places, but the rotation in the bottom of the rankings continues.

Arsenal FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps join this week's top 10 at the expense of St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri and Albertson SC, which both sustained losses last week.

The Dallas Texans, PDA, LA Galaxy, CASL Chelsea and Chicago Fire occupy the top five spots for the third straight week.

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-15/16
Dallas Texans

Last Week: 1
The Dallas Texans have been idle the past two weeks, but return to action this week. The team is in position to earn the No. 2 seed for the upcoming playoffs.
Next Match: June 10 vs. Classics Elite

Last Week: 2
PDA routed Met Oval 10-0, one of the most lopsided results ever in the Development Academy. The team's record has it in position to earn the top seed for the playoffs.
Next Match: June 9 vs. FC Westchester
LA Galaxy

Last Week: 3
Chris Costantini and Steve Martinez scored to give the Galaxy a 2-0 win over Nomads and secure the SoCal Division title. Galaxy swept the U16 and U18 crowns this year.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
CASL Chelsea

Last Week: 4
Evan Deycaza scored three goals in CASL's 5-0 victory over the Virginia Rush. The team leads the Atlantic Division standings.
Next Match: June 10 vs. Richmond Strikers
Chicago Fire

Last Week: 5
Colin Fernandez and John Moderwell delivered the goals last weekend as the Fire pinned 1-0 defeats on FC Milwaukee and Sockers FC to remain in first place of its division.
Next Match: June 10 vs. Chicago Magic PSG
CSA Wolves
Last Week: 7
Yamann Sahlool and Ahinga Selemani each had a pair of goals over the weekend as CSA Wolves defeated Internationals and Columbus Crew Soccer Academy.
Next Match: June 9 vs. FC Milwaukee
Arsenal FC
Last Week: NR
Arsenal FC is tied for second in the division standings behind the LA Galaxy, but will easily qualify for the playoffs with a stellar record.
Next Match: June 9 vs. Nomads
South Carolina United
Last Week: 9
Now with the high school season complete in South Carolina, the South Carolina United Battery is preparing for the stretch run and a possible Southeast Division title.
Next Match: June 9 vs. Weston FC
Vancouver Whitecaps
Last Week: NR
The Whitecaps defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-0 last week to secure the No. 1 spot in the Northwest Division that will likely mean a U16-U18 sweep for the program.
Next Match: June 17 vs. Arsenal FC
Weston FC

Last Week: 10
Weston's 1-1 draw with Kendall last week all but seals the team's fate as it's almost impossible to catch division leader South Carolina United. Regardless, this team is playoff bound.
Next Match: June 9 vs. South Carolina United