The latest update for the Grande Sports TeamRank focuses on the U16, U17, and U18 age groups for girls club soccer. The top teams from the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) hog most of the spots in the updated rankings. There were some new teams to take over the top spots in each age group following some surprising results at the end of the last year.
So Cal Blues sit in the top spot in the U16 age group of the Grande Sports TeamRank February update. The Blues are 13-0 on the season and have hardly been tested. The Blues have a plus 52 goal differential on the season with only five goals conceded. Goalkeepers Megan Short and Ryan Campbell have been stellar. While defenders Nicole Soto, Mariah Dunn, Kendyll Fritts, Jordyn Gather, and Isabella Beltran have all enjoyed stellar seasons.
McLean Youth Soccer, Michigan Hawks, Tophat SC, and Dallas Sting round out the top five for the U16 age group.
Real Colorado jumps into the top spot in the U17 age group. The Northwest Conference squad is 10-0-2 on the season, and scored 39 goals in their last seven games. Top recruits Summer Yates, Sophia Smith, and Allison Schlegel lead the way.
Solar Chelsea SC, PDA, TopHat SC, and Saint Louis Scott Gallagher round out the top five in the U17 age group.
Michigan Hawks retained the top spot in the U18 girls club soccer Grande Sports TeamRank February update. The Hawks are 11-1 on the season and are riding a three-game shutout streak through the winter break.
PDA, Crossfire Premier, San Diego Surf, and FC Dallas make up the top five. Ohio Premier made the biggest jump after starting the season with a 7-0 record. Ohio Premier sits in the sixth spot.
Next Friday: U13, U14, and U15 Boys
Grande Sports TeamRank 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.