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The Northwest Division title likely will not be won until the final week, with multiple teams fighting for the top spot week after week.
The Sounders FC U23 jumped into this week’s edition of the Western Conference Power Rankings after earning two wins in a three-day span.
Here’s the Western Conference’s Top 6:
1. FC Tucson (Previous: 1)
Last Week: W 2-0 at Southern California Seahorses
FC Tucson stays atop the Western Conference Power Rankings for a third consecutive week as one of only two unbeaten teams remaining across the entire league. Afonso Pinheiro and Pedro Espindola netted the important road goals at La Mirada High School.
2. Fresno Fuego (Previous: 2)
Last Week: W 1-0 at Las Vegas Mobsters
Christian Chaney continues to carry the Fuego this regular season. The forward, ranked second in the latest edition of the 2016 PDL Top Prospects, scored his 12th goal of the campaign. The Fuego now sit five points ahead with two games in hand on the BYU Cougars, who hold the second spot in the Central Pacific Division.
3. Calgary Foothills FC (Previous: 3)
Last Week: L 1-0 at Lane United FC, W 1-0 at Lane United FC, W 3-1 at Portland Timbers U-23s
Six points in a week have Foothills FC sitting in pole position in the Northwest. Despite playing on the road in each contest, Mitchell Bauche stepped up for Foothills FC, scoring the game-winner on Friday before netting the eventual decider on Sunday vs. the Timbers U-23s.
4. San Diego Zest FC (Previous: 6)
Last Week: W 5-1 at FC Golden State Force, W 3-0 vs. LA Laguna FC
Zest FC is now unbeaten in eight games. Patrick McGrath and Matthew Hurlow-Paonessa led the way in Week 7, scoring three goals each. Goalkeeper Adam Allmaras made seven saves over the course of both games, earning a shutout win at James Madison High School on Saturday. Sitting just two points behind FC Tucson, Zest FC will play five of its final six matches at home.
5. Sounders FC U23 (Previous: NR)
Last Week: W 2-0 vs. Kitsap Pumas, W 2-0 vs. Victoria Highlanders FC
The Sounders U23 leapfrogged into second place in the Northwest, and into the Top 6 in this week’s edition of the Western Conference Power Rankings as a result. Guillermo Delgado scored a goal and provided an assist in the Sounders U23’s first victory of the weekend, while Keith Francisco netted both goals in the 2-0 win against Highlanders FC.
6. Lane United FC (Previous: 5)
Last Week: W 1-0 vs. Calgary Foothills FC, L 1-0 vs. Calgary Foothills FC
Lane United fell into third place in the Northeast despite earning a win against the division’s current leader. Lane United split victories with Foothills FC at Willamalane Center during Week 7, with Stefan Tomasevic netting the late winner during Thursday’s contest.