Today we unveil our latest update to Grande Sports Academy TeamRank, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide, and we release the latest standings for U13, U14 and U15 Boys. Next week, we will update the younger age groups on the Girls side. We will update our National Top 25 of each age group at least once per month.
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Chicago Fire Juniors North Pre-Academy and CASL Academy Jrs are climbing the ranks at the conclusion of fall club season play. The Fire rises to No. 5 after finishing its Midwest Regional League division undefeated, while CASL, now at No. 6, won its NC Classic League division with a 9-0 record and an incredible 83 goals for with just two goals against.
Baltimore Armour 2002 extended its record in the Northeast Pre-Academy League to 10-2 this month, and climbs to No. 14. The record includes wins over No. 11 BW Gottschee and a 5-0 victory over No. 10 Albertson SC.
Two teams that have continued to perform against Development Academy opposition as the holiday season approaches make their debut this month: Sockers FC and Charlotte Soccer Academy.
Sockers remains unbeaten with a 10-0-1 overall record (6-0 since our last update). Class of 2019 standouts and U14 BNT members Tim Bielic and Stefan Stojanovic, along with IMG Academy top 100 Lincoln Lillwitz, have each added a handful of goals to the scoresheet.
Charlotte Soccer Academy, No. 17, has amassed an 8-1-1 record to date, including three shutout wins at the recent U14 showcase. CSA’s lone loss on the season came to No. 16 Georgia United in a close 1-0 contest on a goal by Brian Alcantar.
Georgia-based GSA ticks up a notch before the commencement of the USYS National League season, landing at No. 3. The 2015 USYS national finalist finished fall regional league play as the Region III Premier League East champion over No. 21 United FA.
Just behind GSA is West Coast FC Armour at No. 4. WCFC remains undefeated in California Regional League play, and second in the Southern California Developmental SL with an 8-2 record, including a 4-1 defeat of now No. 8 San Diego SC Navy.
Next Thursday: U13, U14, and U15 Girls
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.