Today we unveil our latest update to Grande Sports TeamRank, the comprehensive ranking system for elite club soccer teams nationwide, and we release the latest standings for U13, U14, and U15 Boys. In two weeks, we will update the younger age groups on the Girls side. We will update our National Top 25 for each age group at least once per month.
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Neither Syracuse Development Academy nor Michigan Wolves 03 had enough points to enter our rankings during the regular season, but USYS Regional Championship runs for both teams put them in the national spotlight and in our rankings for the first time.
SDA lost to Arlington SA Barca Red in the Region I Champions League final, and lost to Empire United Rochester in the New York-West State Cup final, but qualified for the Region I Championships via a wild card. SDA got its redemption, toppling Arlington in the semifinal and Empire in the final to earn top points from the competition, qualify for USYS Nationals, and land at No. 8.
Michigan Wolves 03 finished fourth in the Midwest Regional League Premier 1 Blue Division, and lost in the semifinal round of the USYS Michigan State Cup, neither of which would land them in the TeamRank Top 25. As fate would have it, though, each of the three teams ahead of Wolves in MRL play qualified for the Region II Championships by winning their respective state cups, so the Wolves entered regionals as a MRL qualifier. That proved to be motivation enough for Sam Cheaib’s squad to win its group, ultimately toppling No. 16 CUP Gold in the final. The Wolves move on to the USYS National Championships next week, and land at No. 10 in the Grande Sports TeamRank Top 25.
NYCFC nears the top at U14
NYCFC went 3-0 at the Development Academy final showcase, beating No. 11 San Jose Earthquakes, No. 13 Sacramento Republic, and No. 6 LA Galaxy to climb to No. 3. Named to the TopDrawerSoccer Best XI for the event, Class of 2021 midfielder Giovanni Reyna scored in two of the three contests, as did teammates Alexsi Morel and Sal Rasizzi.
For the past three months, United FA 01 Premier and Chicago Fire Academy Raiders have been trading the No. 1 spot, and this month is no exception. The Fire takes back the top spot after running through the USYS Region II Championships. Class of 2019 standout Evangelo Spartiatis scored 14 goals during the five matches, tallying at least two in each contest, including five in the semifinal and a hat trick in the final.
Davie United Sharks Blue enters near the top of the standings after downing more than a few quality opponents in the last month. The Sharks won the Florida State Cup and proceeded to group play at the USYS Region III Championships, where it finished second to No. 6 GSA Premier. During the knockout stage, Davie United defeated No. 2 United FA and survived a shootout against GSA in the final to advance to USYS Nationals and a No. 7 ranking.
Next week: U13, U14, and U15 Girls
Grande Sports 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.