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USMNT climbs six places to No. 22 in FIFA’s world rankings

Jul 4, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

Jozy Reuters

The recent string of impressive results by the United States Men’s National Team has been rewarded by the FIFA world ranking calculator, which shot the Yanks to No. 22, six places higher than last month.

The current ranking has the Americans looking down at a number of international power-houses who have taken some tough losses in the last month.

France dropped five places to No. 23 after suffering a 3-0 loss to Brazil and 1-0 loss to Uruguay, Ghana dropped to (24th) after defeating Lesotho 2-0 but losing 3-1 to Sudan, and Denmark fell seven spots to 27th after getting throttled 4-0 by Armenia and defeating Georgia 2-1.

Despite slipping three spots from last month, Mexico held its edge over the U.S. coming in at No. 20. El Tri’s losses to Brazil and Italy and draws with Costa Rica and Panama were balanced out by wins over Jamaica and Mexico.

Other notable movers were England, who fell six spots to No. 15 following their 2-2 draw with Brazil, Uruguay, who moved up seven spots to No. 12 following key victories over France, Venezuela and Nigeria, and Brazil, whose stellar performance in the Confederations Cup shot them up 11 places to No. 9.

Spain and Germany remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, while Colombia grabbed the No. 3 spot after Argentina’s draws with Ecuador and Colombia dropped them down one spot.

The American’s big month began with an entertaining 4-3 victory over a reduced Germany side. One week later, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men continued their winning form, disposing of Jamaica 2-1 in Kingston and Panama 2-0 in Seattle. The Yanks finished the month with a perfect 4-0 record defeating Honduras 1-0 in Salt Lake.

Here are the Top 25 FIFA World Rankings for June 2013:

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Colombia
4. Argentina
5. Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Portugal
8. Croatia
9. Brazil
10. Belgium
11. Greece
12. Uruguay
13. Côte d’Ivoire
14. Bosnia-Herzegovina
15. England
16. Switzerland
17. Russia
18. Ecuador
19. Peru
20. Mexico
21. Chile
22. USA
23. France
24. Ghana
25. Norway

 

  1. randomhookup - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Mexico held its edge over the U.S. coming in at No. 20. El Tri’s losses to Brazil and Italy and draws with Costa Rica and Panama were balanced out by wins over Jamaica and Mexico.

    I know they have been struggling, but I would hope they could at least pull out a draw with themselves… (ducks)

  2. patriotsdefense - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Not bad. I hope we can crack the top 20 before by next summer… I’m happy with Mexico still ranked ahead of the USA, its a reflection of the talent. But I’m disappoint still that they didn’t suffer a big drop for their bad play over the past calendar year… Brazil can’t get any respect. 9th, and not even 2nd on their own continent.

  3. creek0512 - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    That El Tri-Mexico game was crazy, it was hard to tell who was on what team at times.

  4. mianfr - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Honestly, that list seems probably pretty fair… I think Colombia is top ten good, but three is a stretch, Brazil is still too low (but understand given FIFA’s… interesting… methods for ranking games teams that already qualified play), and I don’t think Switzerland is better than most of the teams below it, but I think if you break it up into tiers it all makes sense.

    Tier One would be the top four–I wouldn’t be stunned if any one of those teams beat a team within its own group or the groups below them (this is the judgment call I’m making for dividing the groups).

    Then Tier Two is 5-10, Tier Three is 11-15, and Tier Four is 16-25.

    I mean, could Ecuador really “shock” France at this point?

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