The undefeated D.C. United tops the ESR Development Academy Under-15/16 rankings for the 2012-13 season and will hold that spot until March, when it next plays. 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 Feb. 10, 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||3|
|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: Sebastian Gordillo scored twice in FC Dallas’ win over Texas Rush, and Christian Ramirez scored once against the Rush and once against Classics Elite as FC Dallas won both matches since the last ranking. Top Scorers: Santiago Agudelo 11 goals, Aaron Meyer 6 goals. Next: Feb. 16 vs. Andromeda.|
|NOTES: Carlos Delgadillo and Marco Neves scored the goals as DeAnza beat the Portland Timbers and tied the Seattle Sounders since the last ranking. Top Scorers: Carlos Delgadillo 8 goals. Next: Feb. 16 vs. Santa Cruz Breakers.|
|6||Real Salt Lake-AZ||10-2-3||6|
|NOTES: Sebastian Saucedo was the offensive standout with a pair of goals in the team’s 4-0 win over Strikers FC. Top Scorers: Sebastian Saucedo 11 goals, Brooks Lennon 9 goals, Damian German 6 goals, Moises Rodriguez 6 goals, Josh Doughty 5 goals. Next: Feb 16 vs. San Jose Earthquakes.|
|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: John Nartowicz, Andrew Bailey and Richard Prestridge scored in Orlando City’s 3-1 win over North Meck SC. Top Scorers: Ricky Prestridge 15 goals, Dennis Zapata 6 goals. Next: Feb. 16 vs. Concorde Fire.|
|9||Vardar SC Freiburg||9-2-4||10|
|NOTES: Vardar’s November win over the Chicago Fire is the difference in leading Vardar to second in the division ahead of the Fire and in the No. 10 slot overall this week. Top Scorers: Nathan McLean 8 goals, Samuel Akpik 6 goals. Next: March 23 vs. Chicago Fire.|
|NOTES: The Chicago Fire won four straight matches after its loss to Vardar. Top Scorers: Luca Giovine 6 goals, Collin Fernandez 5 goals, Shannon Seymour 5 goals, Alex Underwood 5 goals. Next: March 10 vs. Indiana Fire Academy.|