The Michigan Bucks are the new No. 1 in the Central Conference Power Rankings following Week 8 action in the 2017 Premier Development League regular season.
Previous: No. 2
Week 8 Results: T 0-0 at Derby City Rovers
2017 PDL Record: 5-1-2
Week 9 Matches: vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (7:30 p.m. ET, June 28), at K-W United FC (4 p.m. ET, July 2)
Overview: The Michigan Bucks are unbeaten in six games after earning a point on the road against the Derby City Rovers during Week 8. Anthony Mwembia made two saves, as the Bucks recorded their fifth shutout of the season.
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Week 8 Results: W 1-0 at Saint Louis FC U23, W 3-0 Cincinnati Dutch Lions
2017 PDL Record: 6-2-1
Week 9 Matches: vs. Thunder Bay Chill (5 p.m. CT, July 1), vs. Thunder Bay Chill (2 p.m. CT, July 2)
Overview: Unbeaten in five consecutive games, the St. Louis Lions have taken control of first place in the Heartland Division after eight weeks of PDL play. Vadim Cojocov, who scored a hat trick in the Lions' win against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions on Sunday, leads the club with eight goals this season.
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Week 8 Results: L 1-2 at Cincinnati Dutch Lions, T 1-1 at Dayton Dutch Lions
2017 PDL Record: 7-2-1
Week 9 Matches: vs. West Virginia Chaos (7:30 p.m. ET, June 28), vs. Michigan Bucks (4 p.m. ET, July 2)
Overview: K-W United's win streak snapped at eight games, as the Canadian club suffered its second defeat of the season against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions on Wednesday. After earning a point against the Dayton Dutch Lions on Friday, K-W United still remains in first place in the Great Lakes Division, but the Bucks are only five points behind with two games in hand.
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Week 8 Results: T 1-1 at Chicago FC United, L 0-1 vs. Chicago FC United
2017 PDL Record: 5-3-2
Week 9 Matches: vs. Saint Louis FC U23 (7:30 p.m. CT, July 1)
Overview: The Des Moines Menace only earned one point in two matches against Chicago FC United during Week 8. The Menace have four games remaining to push for a fourth consecutive Heartland Division title, and all four matches will be played at the Menace's home of Valley Stadium.
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Week 8 Results: W 5-0 vs. WSA Winnipeg, W 4-1 vs. WSA Winnipeg
2017 PDL Record: 5-2-1
Week 9 Matches: at Saint Louis FC U23 (5:30 p.m. CT, June 29), at St. Louis Lions (5 p.m. CT, July 1)
Overview: The Thunder Bay Chill recorded two wins against WSA Winnipeg during Week 8 to put pressure on the Menace and Lions above them in the Heartland Division. Brandon Swartzendruber scored a hat trick in the Chill's win on Friday and then netted one more in Saturday's victory.