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Thursday, June 7, 2012
ECNL U17 Power Rankings

By Chris Ackels
Special to ESPNHS

Eclipse Select has clinched the top overall seed in this month's ECNL National Championships, which will be held in the team's backyard in Waukegan, Ill. The team is still ranked at No. 2 in this week's ESPNHS ECNL Under-17 Power Rankings after a 1-1 weekend.

CASL Chelsea holds the No. 1 spot and has been idle all spring. No. 3 Dallas Texans had a solid weekend with a pair of wins and it has one game left to try to clinch the Texas Conference title.

The only other team in action last weekend was No. 7 Colorado Rush, who had an important win over rival Real Colorado on Wednesday. That win put Rush in the driver's seat in the quest for the Mountain West crown.

This weekend, three teams wrap up their regular season, including Texans and Rush. No. 4 Scorpions is also searching for a conference title this weekend, as it has two games to prove themselves as the top team in the Northeast.

Throughout the rest of the season, ESPNHS will offer a weekly glance at the top 10 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 Matchups
No. 3 Dallas Texans vs. Lonestar
No. 4 Scorpions vs. SoccerPlus
No. 7 Colorado Rush vs. Utah Avalanche

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-17
CASL Chelsea

Last Week: 1
Since Eclipse won this weekend, CASL Chelsea is officially the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. A strong body of work, including wins over three ranked opponents, has CASL ranked first here.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Eclipse Select

Last Week: 2
Eclipse Select's 2-1 win over Carmel United on Saturday officially clinched the No. 1 overall seed in the ECNL playoffs. It could face rival Michigan Hawks in the first round.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Dallas Texans

Last Week: 3
Marchelle Davis and Sophie Groff each scored two goals on the weekend as Texans added two more wins to their record, 4-0 over Solar-Chelsea and 3-1 over FC Dallas.
Next Match: June 10 vs. Lonestar
Scorpions SC

Last Week: 4
Scorpions has clinched the No. 3 overall seed in the playoffs, and two wins this weekend to close the regular season would clinch the Northeast Conference title.
Next Match: June 9 vs. SoccerPlus
TSC Hurricane

Last Week: 5
This team has been idle for a month now and will need to re-boot before the playoff start. TSC could be seeded anywhere from sixth to 12th.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Dallas Sting

Last Week: 6
Sting could be seeded anywhere from fifth to seventh in the playoffs, which is right where they sit in the rankings. The team needs to see how the Dallas Texans and Colorado Rush fare this weekend.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Colorado Rush

Last Week: 7
Syd Otto scored the game's only goal in a big 1-0 win over Real Colorado on Wednesday. That inched Rush closer to a Mountain West Conference crown.
Next Match: June 9 Utah Avalanche
FC Virginia

Last Week: 8
FC Virginia, like TSC Hurricane, could end up anywhere in the seeding. But this team knows it's in the playoffs, and after a great PDA Showcase, FC Virginia could be a factor.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Mustang SC

Last Week: 9
Mustang holds a fragile fourth overall seed right now. As is the case across the board in this age group, it will depend a lot on how others play out. Mustang could be anywhere from third to sixth.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Real So Cal

Last Week: 10
Although Real So Cal will be a lower seed in the playoffs, it proved they can beat anyone when they took down then top-ranked Eclipse Select at the PDA Showcase.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA