The undefeated D.C. United tops the first ESR Development Academy Under-15/16 rankings for the 2012-13 season. CSA Wolves is a solid No. 2 followed by the New York Red Bulls.
ESR will update the Development Academy every other week through the rest of the Academy season.
Rankings through matches played as of Jan. 13, 2013
|NOTES: This team is simply overpowering opponents with offense. So far this season, D.C. United has scored 40 goals and had seven outings with three or more strikes. Top Scorers: Gerson Umana 10 goals, Julian Cummings 6 goals, Graydon Hester 6 goals, Jean-Christophe Koffi 6 goals, Jorge Calix 5 goals. Next: March 2 vs. Baltimore Bays.|
|NOTES: While D.C. United has the top offense, the Wolves counter with the top defense. The team has eight shutouts and has allowed only seven goals this season. Top Scorers: Samir Sabanovic 5 goals, Hunter Barone 4 goals. Next: March 23 vs. Chicago Magic PSG.|
|3||New York Red Bulls||10-1-2||NR|
|NOTES: Wins over league rivals Oakwood and Albertson puts this team in the race for a high playoff seed. Top Scorers: Derrick Etienne 7 goals, Harrison Steadman 7 goals, Alexander Tejera 6 goals. Next: March 2 vs. South Central Premier.|
|NOTES: FC Dallas’ lone losses are to top-ranked D.C. United and No. 2 CSA Wolves. Top Scorers: Santiago Agudelo 9 goals, Aaron Meyer 5 goals. Next: Jan. 27 vs. Lonestar SC.|
|NOTES: The Northwest Division leaders have a leg-up on Real Salt Lake-AZ by beating the Southwest Division leader 1-0 on a goal by Kamron Crow. Top Scorers: Carlos Deldaillo 6 goals. Next: Jan. 19 vs. Cal Odyssey.|
|6||Real Salt Lake-AZ||9-2-3||NR|
|NOTES: This team’s only losses are to the CSA Wolves and DeAnza Force. Top Scorers: Sebastian Saucedo 8 goals, Damian German 6 goals, Brooks Lennon 6 goals, Josh Doughty 5 goals. Next: Jan. 27 vs. Nomads.|
|NOTES: Albertson’s next match gives the team to avenge one of its losses, as it’s scheduled to face the New York Red Bulls on March 9. Top Scorers: Arthur Bosua 11 goals, Stephen Elias 5 goals. Next: March 9 vs. New York Red Bulls.|
|NOTES: Orlando City is looking strong in its debut season in the Development Academy. Top Scorers: Ricky Prestridge 12 goals, Dennis Zapata 6 goals. Next: Jan. 19 vs. Kendall.|
|NOTES: Three straight ties at the December Showcase leaves Georgia United in a puzzling record, but the team remains undefeated. This squad has a draw with No. 8 Orlando City, which it trails in the division race. Top Scorers: Jad Arslan 7 goals. Next: Feb. 2 vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy.|
|10||Solar Chelsea SC||10-2-1||NR|
|NOTES: Despite a loss to FC Dallas, Solar Chelsea leads the Southwest Division over their rival. Top Scorers: Bryson Asher 6 goals, Nathanael Rennhack 6 goals. Next: Jan. 19 vs. Andromeda.|