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Grande Sports Academy TeamRank Update

Article Written by Caroline Yort
Published: October 31, 2013

Today we unveil our latest update to Grande Sports Academy TeamRank Top 25, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide, releasing the latest standings for U13, U14 and U15 Girls. Next week, we will update the older age groups on the Boys side. We will update our Grande Sports Academy TeamRank Top 25 for each age group at least once per month.

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CASL, Tophat on the rise at U13

CASL’s pre-ECNL team climbs from No. 11 to No. 7 as it continues to run rampant over its competition in North Carolina, amassing a record of 10-0-0 in the North Carolina Classic League and scoring 78 goals in the process, while conceding just one back in August.

Atlanta-based Tophat 19 Gold makes the biggest jump in this month’s rankings, climbing from No. 18 to No. 11. Tophat won the top (Cup) flight of the prestigious WAGS tournament in Washington D.C. in October and continues to lead Georgia Youth Soccer’s Athena A division.

Lonestar, Bethesda debut at U14

While So Cal Blues ECNL remains in the top spot, there are a couple of teams moving into the Grande Sports Academy TeamRank Top 25 this month based on ECNL league play.

Lonestar ECNL sits in second place in the Texas Conference with a 4-0-2 record, and debuts at No. 22 in our rankings. Standout goalkeeper Tara Lujan has conceded only one goal and recorded five shutouts in six matches, while midfielder Olufolasade Adamolekun has two goals and has provided her teammates with three more to lead her team.

Bethesda SC, at No. 23, holds the top spot in the Ohio Valley Division with an undefeated overall record of 5-0-2. The team doesn’t play another ECNL match until March 1st, so it is entirely likely that they will move up the rankings as the season rolls on, and other teams falter.

De Anza Force stays perfect at U15

Last season’s ECNL national champion has continued its winning streak in the 2013-14 season and keeps the No. 1 spot in the Grande Sports Academy TeamRank Top 25. De Anza Force ECNL remains perfect with a 7-0-0 record, and like its fellow No. 1s in the younger age groups, has conceded just one goal in league play.

Jacksonville FC Elite climbs from No. 20 to No. 17, leaping over now No. 18 Tophat after taking over the first place in the Region III Premier League’s Southern Premier League as well as second overall in the RIIIPL-East. Jacksonville FC recently defeated Tophat in head-to-head competition in league play, but the two will battle each other again when the US Youth Soccer National League starts next month.

Next Thursday: U16, U17, and U18 Boys

Grande Sports Academy TeamRank Top 25 is the comprehensive team-ranking system devised by TopDrawerSoccer.com to provide an objective and common-sense approach to determining which elite youth soccer teams are the best in the nation.

The rankings, updated monthly, are primarily results-based, with a nod toward the league and championship competitions that emulate how excellence is determined in leading soccer nations around the world.

Tournaments are also included but at a reduced value due to the many mitigating factors involving such events, including attrition and guest players.

A final layer of executive evaluation is provided to account for variables that often impact results, thus ensuring that the monthly lists are not subjective, but are not purely mechanical.

 
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