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Under-15/16 Academy Rankings

Updated: May 23, 2012, 1:53 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNHS Senior Editor

With the staggered starts of the Development Academy teams, it made it difficult to release a top 10 until after play was well under way for a few divisions. Now that everyone is competing, it's time to examine the top 10 in each age group.

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.

Crew Soccer Academy Wolves of Michigan tops the chart with the Dallas Texans right on their heels. The Wolves still have a majority of its matches remaining, while the Texans are down their final eight matches. All it will take is one slip up by the CSA Wolves to allow the Texans to snag the top spot.

2011-12 US Soccer Development Academy Power Rankings: Under-15/16
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
CSA Wolves
6-0-1
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Last Week: NR
Ali Jawad scored three of the team's four goals last weekend in victories over Texas SC Houston and Texas Rush. He has a team-best six goals this season for the top-ranked team.
Next Match: March 24 vs. Chicago Magic PSG
2
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Last Week: NR
Brandon Aubrey, Jason Machado and Christian Soldat have combined for 32 goals for the Texas Division-leading Texans. The team has a modest three-game win streak since its loss.
Next Match: March 24 at Classics Elite
3
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Last Week: NR
The Baltimore Bays Chelsea has shut out all four opponents since coming back from a three-month break. Matt Barth has been in goal for most of the matches.

Next Match: March 24 vs. FC Greater Boston

4
LA Galaxy
10-3-4
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Last Week: NR
The LA Galaxy is riding an eight-match undefeated streak, which extends back to December. Jaime Villarreal has sparked the offense with 16 goals in 16 matches.
Next Match: March 31 vs. Arsenal FC
5
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Last Week: NR
Albertson SC has scored a modest 13 goals in eight matches, yet unlike most Academy teams Albertson still has an undefeated record. Santiago Moore has a team-high three goals.
Next Match: March 24 vs FC DELCO
6
PDA
8-1-0
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Last Week: NR
PDA has won eight straight since a season-opening loss back in November. Max Kroschwitz has a team-high seven goals for a team that figures to challenge for the division title.
Next Match: March 24 vs. NJSA 04
7
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Last Week: NR
The Colorado Rapids are undefeated on both the Under-15/16 and Under-17/18 levels. Ricardo Perez leads the team with five goals scored through seven matches.
Next Match: March 24 vs. Real Colorado
8
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Last Week: NR
Back-to-back matches on consecutive days against the LA Galaxy in late April likely will decide the division title. For now, Real Salt Lake-AZ holds a slight edge in the standings.
Next Match: March 31 at Chivas USA
9
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Last Week: NR
Colorado is the only state with two undefeated Academy under-15/16 teams. Eduardo Reza and Spencer Goldstein have combined for seven goals to pace the offense.
Next Match: March 31 at Real Colorado
10
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Last Week: NR
The trio of undefeated teams in the Frontier Division will soon go head-to-head to settle the issue on the field. Until then, this division features three ranked teams.
Next Match: March 24 vs. Sporting Kansas City