ECNL U16 Power Rankings

Originally Published: June 7, 2012
By Sheldon Shealer & Chris Ackels | ESPNHS Staff

No. 4 Slammers clinched the top overall seed in this month's ECNL National Championships, thanks to a 1-1 tie between PDA and FC Stars of Mass on Sunday. But for now, KCFC still holds on to the top spot in the ESPNHS ECNL Under-16 Power Rankings.

So Cal Blues dropped out of the rankings for the first time after being as high as No. 3 in April. The California squad is winless in their last eight matches and have scored just four goals in that stretch. This opens the door for No. 10 Mustang to re-appear in our rankings after a four-week hiatus. Mustang finished its season last weekend and locked up a Northwest Conference crown.

The final weekend of ECNL regular season play will feature two of the top three teams in the rankings and a couple of important matches this weekend. No. 2 Lonestar could have a compelling case at No. 1 if its beats the Dallas Texans on Sunday. And No. 3 PDA has just two games remaining in its quest for an undefeated season as it takes on Albertson Fury and East Meadow this weekend.

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 Ten Matchups this Weekend
No. 2 Lonestar vs. Dallas Texans
No. 3 PDA vs. Albertson Fury

2011-12 Elite Clubs National League Power Rankings: Under-16

Last Week: 1
Four wins over top ten opponents keep this team at No. 1. KCFC has to see how other teams play to learn their playoff seeding, though it currently sits in third.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Lonestar SC

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

Last Week: 3
A 1-1 tie on Sunday with FC Stars of Mass means PDA is likely to finish the year in second place in the Northeast Conference, but it currently sits in fourth place in Flight A.
Next Match: June 9 vs. Albertson Fury

Last Week: 4
Slammers officially clinched the No. 1 overall seed in this month's ECNL National Championships. It waits to see who will earn the No. 16 spot for a potential first-round opponent.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA

Last Week: 5
The Midwest Conference has three teams in the top eight of the Power Rankings at this age group, and Michigan Hawks have done well against conference foes KCFC and Eclipse.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Dallas Sting

Last Week: 6
This team will likely end up in the middle of the pack for the playoffs, but it could give teams some serious trouble. It's a talented team with an impressive resume.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA

Last Week: 7
West Coast had a phenomenal finish to its season, and the team rides a nine-game unbeaten streak into the playoffs later this month.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Last Week: 9
Eclipse wrapped up its regular season with a couple of 2-0 wins over Carmel United and Minnesota Thunder. The team will likely hold the No. 5 seed in the playoffs.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Atlanta Fire
Last Week: 10
This club has been idle since February, but a strong resume and a Southeast Conference championship make them a solidified top 10 team.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA
Mustang SC
Last Week: NR
Mustang is back in the rankings after a month as the Northwest Conference champion finished the season strong and will likely hold the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.
Next Match: Playoffs, TBA