Under-17/18 Academy Rankings

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

Last week's action brought about a slight reshuffling among the top 10 teams but nearly no turnover.

Former No. 10 Albertson SC was the only team to leave the rankings, replaced in the bottom spot by FC DELCO. Beyond that, the other nine ranked teams remained in the rankings. The most significant move was a two-spot drop by FC Dallas.

Only five ranked teams will be in action this weekend, which likely means there will be little -- if any -- movement in next week's Top 10.

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
Victor Pineda scored in each outing as the Chicago Fire defeated Internationals 4-1 and Columbus Crew 3-0 to retain the top billing in this week's rankings.
Next Match: June 2 vs. FC Milwaukee
Sockers FC
Last Week: 4
Sockers FC are back on the heels of a No. 1 ranking, but got here thanks to a lot of help. A loss by last week's No. 2 and a tie by No. 3, coupled with the Sockers' 6-1 weekend win, vaulted them to No. 2.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Chicago Magic PSG

Last Week: 3
A trip to Colorado last week resulted in a scoreless tie with the Rapids. The result leaves Shattuck atop the division, but foiled the team's chances to pull away from the pack.
Next Match: May 25 vs. Sporting Kansas City
FC Dallas
Last Week: 2
It's hard to overlook 22 wins, but two losses in the team's last three outings forced FC Dallas down two spots in the rankings. Come playoff time, this team will be a serious title contender.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Texas Rush

<Last Week: 5
Jonathan Azzinnari scored goals in both outings as PDA defeated former No. 10 Albertson 1-0 and FC Westchester 2-1. PDA remains in control of its playoff destiny with five matches remaining.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Met Oval
NY Red Bulls
Last Week: 7
Georgetown signee Brandon Allen scored goals in each contest as the Red Bulls defeated FC Westchester and former No. 10 Albertson SC. Red Bulls and PDA are now the division frontrunners.
Next Match: June 2 vs. New York Cosmos Academy
Last Week: 6
The Baltimore Bays Chelsea posted a pair of shutouts last weekend, but the scoreless draw with Match Fit Chelsea resulted in this team swapping spots with the Red Bulls in the Top 10.
Next Match: May 26 vs. Potomac
LA Galaxy

Last Week: 8
Mario Rodriguez and Sebastian Velasquez scored the goals to lead the LA Galaxy over Real So Cal 2-1. The Galaxy is two points out of first, but has played one fewer league match.
Next Match: May 26 vs. Arsenal FC

Last Week: 9
Caleb Clarke netted his Academy-leading 21st goal in the Whitecaps' 3-2 win over CDA last week. The result extended the team's win streak to eight matches.
Next Match: May 24 vs. Crossfire
Last Week: NR
FC DELCO's only loss in its last seven matches was a one-goal setback to the Baltimore Bays Chelsea. Right now, Delco and the Bays look like the division frontrunners for the automatic playoff berths.
Next Match: May 27 vs. PA Classics