ECNL U16 Power Rankings

Originally Published: May 31, 2012
By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels | ESPNHS Staff

Six of the top nine teams see movement this week in the ESPNHS ECNL Under-16 Power Rankings, thanks to a wild PDA Showcase weekend.

No. 3 PDA was perfect on their home turf as the team continued its undefeated season with three wins. The New Jersey squad has three games remaining on the regular season schedule -- if they win them all, they would earn the top overall seed in next month's ECNL National Championships. Meanwhile No. 4 Slammers drops a spot after losing a Sunday matchup with Bethesda.

No. 7 West Coast stretched its unbeaten streak to nine games last weekend with two wins and a tie at the PDA Showcase. West Coast moves up in the rankings for the second consecutive week. No. 9 Eclipse Select is ranked for the first time at this age group after compiling a strong showing at the PDA Showcase.

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.

Top 10 Matchups this Weekend
No. 3 PDA vs. FC Stars of Mass
No. 8 So Cal Blues vs. San Diego Surf
No. 9 Eclipse Select vs. Carmel United

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-16
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
KCFC
20-4-2
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Last Week: 1
Wins over No. 5 Michigan Hawks, No. 8 So Cal Blues, No. 9 Eclipse Select, and No. 10 Atlanta Fire highlight a strong resume for this squad. KCFC waits its playoff seeding.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
2
Lonestar SC
16-4-4
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Last Week: 2
One game remains for Lonestar, and a win would clinch the No. 2 overall seed in next month's ECNL National Championships.
Next Match: June 10 vs. Dallas Texans
3
PDA
15-0-7
1
Last Week: 4
PDA moves up a spot after a perfect 3-0 weekend at the Showcase with wins over San Diego Surf, No. 8 So Cal Blues and Sereno. Three games remain in PDA's quest for an undefeated season.
Next Match: June 3 vs. FC Stars of Mass
4
Slammers
19-3-5
1
Last Week: 3
Two wins and a loss last weekend drop Slammers one spot, though it holds on to the top overall seed in Flight A. PDA would have to win both of their remaining Flight A games to pass Slammers.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
5
1
Last Week: 6
A resume highlighted by wins over No. 6 Dallas Sting and No. 9 Eclipse Select is good enough for the sixth overall seed in the playoffs for now.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
6
Dallas Sting
16-4-4
1
Last Week: 7
A win and two ties was good enough for Sting to move up, especially since they were against strong opponents. Saturday's 4-1 win over No. 9 Eclipse Select made a big statement.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
7
1
Last Week: 8
West Coast moves up in the rankings for the second straight week after notching two wins and a tie at the PDA Showcase. The offense scored 11 goals in three games.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
8
SoCal Blues
13-6-7
2
Last Week: 6
So Cal Blues drops again this week after going 0-2-1 on the weekend. They are now winless in their last seven games. But early season wins over No. 4 Slammers and No. 7 West Coast show the team has talent.
Next Match: June 3 vs. San Diego Surf
9
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Last Week: NR
Eclipse is ranked for the first time at this age group after a 2-1 weekend including wins over Stars of Mass and Colorado Rush. This team has two important games left before playoffs.
Next Match: June 2 vs. Carmel United
10
Atlanta Fire
17-4-6
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Last Week: 10
Well, Atlanta Fire holds their spot despite staying home last weekend. Other teams trying to earn rankings didn't perform well and Atlanta Fire still sits at No. 10 and maintains the 10th overall seed.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA