Under-15/16 Academy Rankings

Originally Published: May 24, 2012
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNHS Senior Editor

When the Top 10 goes 10-1 for the week, and the one loss is to another ranked team, that results in little change in this week's ESPNHS Development Academy Under-15/16 Power Rankings.

The teams remain in the same order as last week except No. 7 CSA Wolves swapped places with No. 8 Albertson SC, the lone loser on the weekend. Albertson suffered a 2-0 setback to PDA, the current No. 2 squad.

The pending holiday weekend leaves most teams idle, which again figures to result in little change in the rankings next week. Only three Top 10 teams will be in action.

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

Last Week: 1
The Dallas Texans need only one point in its final two matches to secure the Texas Division title following this past weekend's 2-0 victory over Texas Rush.
Next Match: June 10 vs. Classics Elite

Last Week: 2
Gianfranco Giammetteo, Leandro Lemache and Kazari Trought each scored twice as PDA posted shutout wins over Albertson and FC Westchester last weekend.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Met Oval
LA Galaxy

Last Week: 3
Justin Dhillon and Angel Josue Espana each scored a pair of goals as LA Galaxy cruised to a 6-0 win over Real So Cal. One win in its next two matches will give the Galaxy a division title.
Next Match: May 26 vs. Arsenal FC
CASL Chelsea

Last Week: 4
CASL Chelsea's 2-1 win over North Carolina Fusion last weekend has this team climbing toward a division title. CASL trails by one point yet has played three fewer league matches.
Next Match: May 24 vs. North Carolina Fusion
Chicago Fire

Last Week: 5
Marcus Epps scored twice against Internationals and A.J. Jeffries netted a pair of goals against Columbus Crew as the Fire found their scoring punch in a pair of victories.
Next Match: June 2 vs. FC Milwaukee

Last Week: 6
Tommy Barlow scored both goals as Scott Gallagher Missouri defeated brother club Scott Gallagher-Metro 2-0 last weekend. The result keeps SLSG Missouri in the running for a division title.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Colorado Rapids
CSA Wolves
Last Week: 8
Zack Atwood and Yamann Schlool scored the goals as CSA Wolves defeated Vardar 2-0. Coupled with a tie by Albertson, CSA Wolves moves up a spot in this week's rankings.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Internationals
Albertson SC
Last Week: 7
While there's no shame in a 2-0 loss to No. 2 PDA, it does cost Albertson a spot in this week's top 10. The team bounced back to edge New York Red Bulls 1-0.
Next Match: June 3 vs. New England Revolution

Last Week: 9
Now with the high school season complete in South Carolina, the South Carolina United Battery are preparing for the stretch run and a possible Southeast Division title.
Next Match: June 9 vs. Weston FC

Last Week: 10
Solar is riding a 17-match undefeated streak, which earns this current Texas Division second-place team a spot in the top 10. The team's last loss was to CSA Wolves in November.
Next Match: May 27 vs. Lonestar SC