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2017 Eastern Conference Power Rankings: Week 8

06/26/2017, 4:15pm EDT
By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com

Mutiny move up; Phantoms remain No. 1 overall

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The Seacoast United Phantoms, one of two undefeated teams remaining in the Premier Development League, have been voted No. 1 for a second consecutive week in the Eastern Conference Power Rankings.

The New York Red Bulls U23, who earned two eye-opening wins during Week 8, Reading United ACMyrtle Beach Mutiny and Charlotte Eagles join the Phantoms in this week's edition of the rankings.

Eastern Conference Top 5:

1. Seacoast United Phantoms

Previous: No. 1
Week 8 Results: W 5-1 at Western Mass Pioneers, W 2-1 GPS Portland Phoenix
2017 PDL Record: 9-0-2
Week 9 Matches: vs. FC Boston (7:30 p.m. ET, June 28)
Overview: The Seacoast United Phantoms are one of two unbeaten teams remaining in the PDL after Week 8 action, and the club could clinch the Northeast Division in Week 9. Multiple players have shined for the Phantoms this season, including Donnett SackieLeonardo Paiva and Audi Jepson – who was ranked No. 49 on the third edition of the 2017 PDL Top Prospects list.


2. New York Red Bulls U23

Previous: No. 2
Week 8 Results: W 3-1 vs. Lehigh Valley United, W 10-1 at Evergreen FC
2017 PDL Record: 9-1-0
Week 9 Matches: at Jersey Express (8 p.m. ET, June 28)
Overview: Led by PDL-leading goal scorer Brian White, who is ranked fifth on the PDL Top Prospects list, the New York Red Bulls U23 continue to dominate the Mid Atlantic Division. White has 13 goals this campaign, scoring one the Red Bulls U23's 3-1 win against Lehigh Valley United and two in a 10-1 win against Evergreen FC.


3. Reading United AC

Previous: No. 3
Week 8 Results: W 3-0 vs. Evergreen FC
2017 PDL Record: 6-1-0
Week 9 Matches: at FA Euro New York (7:30 p.m. ET, June 27), vs. Ocean City Nor'easters (7:30 p.m. ET, June 29), at Ocean City Nor'easters (7 p.m. ET, July 1)
Overview: Reading United AC extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over Evergreen FC on June 20. Aaron Molloy scored two in the home match and now leads the club in goals scored this campaign with five.


4. Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Previous: No. 5
Week 8 Results: W 4-2 vs. Wilmington Hammerheads FC, W 4-3 vs. Carolina Dynamo
2017 PDL Record: 6-1-2
Week 9 Matches: vs. Charlotte Eagles (7 p.m. ET, June 27), at Wilmington Hammerheads FC (7 p.m. ET, July 1)
Overview: With two wins during Week 8, the Myrtle Beach Mutiny are now unbeaten in five and currently sit in second place in the South Atlantic Division. Only one point behind the Nashville SC U23 with two games in hand, the Mutiny scored seven goals in two games. Tobenna Uzo, ranked 44th on the third edition of the PDL Top Prospects list, produced one goal and two assists in the wins.


5. Charlotte Eagles

Previous: No. 4
Week 8 Results: T 2-2 vs. SC United Bantams
2017 PDL Record: 6-1-2
Week 9 Matches: at Myrtle Beach Mutiny (7 p.m. ET, June 27), at Tobacco Road FC (7 p.m. ET, July 1)
Overview: The Charlotte Eagles were held at home by the SC United Bantams during Week 8, which leaves them in third in the South Atlantic Division behind the Nashville U23 and Mutiny. However, the 2015 and 2016 South Atlantic Division winners have two games in hand on the Nashville U23 and will play the Mutiny in Week 9.


Honorable Mentions:

Ocean City Nor'easters

Nashville SC U23

Long Island Rough Riders


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