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U.S. Men’s National Team up six spots to No. 13 in FIFA World Rankings

Sep 12, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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The strong form of the United States Men’s National Team has skyrocketed the Yanks to No. 13 in September’s version of the FIFA World Rankings.

The new ranking is based on the USMNT’s 4-3 victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the 3-1 loss at Costa Rica and Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Mexico.

The 13th place ranking is a six spot improvement from last month and represents the USMNT’s highest ranking since holding the 13th spot back in July 2010. It also hands the Stars & Stripes top honors in the CONCACAF region as Mexico’s poor form drops them one place to No. 21, Costa Rica shoot up nine spots to No. 33, Panama rise five spots to No. 35, Honduras move three notches to No. 40 and Jamaica fall two places to No. 78.

At the top of the table Spain hold on to the No. 1 spot while CONMEBOL’s top team, Argentina, move up two places to No. 2, taking over for Germany who fall to No. 3. A resurgent Italy climb two spots to No. 4 while Colombia fall two notches to No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 are Belgium, Uruguay, Brazil, Netherlands and Croatia.

Leaders from the other three confederations all dropped points. Cote d’Ivoire, the top team in the Confederation of African football, fall one spot to No. 19, Japan drop five spots to No. 42 to claim top spot in the Asian Football Confederation and New Zealand slump ten positions but nevertheless remain atop the Oceania Football Confederation.

The six point climb by Jurgen Klinsmann’s men is the largest move of any Top 20 team. Other big movers are Sweden’s eight point jump that lands them at No. 22, Slovenia’s sixteen point boost taking them to No. 29 and Bob Bradley’s Egypt team moving up eleven points to No. 50.

Other notables include Portugal (No. 11), Greece (No. 12), Russia (No. 15), England (No. 17), Cote d’Ivoire (No. 19) and Peru (No. 34).

  1. Anoesis - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    US ranked ahead of UK. Who’d a thunk it?

    • lyleoross - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      The UK is stuck in physical long ball football. It just doesn’t work well internationally anymore. JK has taken us away from that and it seems to be working.

      • notaretard - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        the UK is made up of england, scotland, wales, and northern ireland, all countries that have their own teams. england and UK are not synonymous terms. americans who don’t understand geography. who’d a thunk it?

      • digbysellers - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        Gee, thanks Magellan

      • boscoesworld - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        notaretard: Are you talking about North Americans or South Americans? You know that the Americas are separated by a hemisphere and not at all the same country? I Brit that is smug. Whoda thunkit!

      • Anoesis - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Are any of those teams ranked ahead of the US? Yes, I lumped them all in together. So what? And I defer to boscoesworld’s excellent irony to counter your butt-hurt assumption.

    • timmcd85 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      it says American on your passport under Nationality so when you refer to Americans, you are speaking of people from the US.

  2. sjeisenbraun - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    According to FIFA.com, “All matches played up to and including 10 September have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.” If the Mexico game was not included USMNT would not be at #13.

    • techvet - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Agreed on this one. I am confused as to why the article says that the Mexico game doesn’t count in the current standings.

      • notaretard - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        because doing research and fact-checking isn’t a high priority around here

      • onelovesoccer7 - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        notaretard – the ridiculous thing is there is another article on this site saying the Mexico game wasn’t included. consistency is key. and the fact that it’s STILL not updated in this article despite being published this morning is insane.

  3. dfstell - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I liked how they put it on the Men in Blazers podcast that there is the top tier of teams: Spain, Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, etc. Those teams are clearly a little better than everyone else.

    And then there is a big blob of teams from about 5-15 that are pretty similar. It wouldn’t really be a surprise if any of these teams beat each other, but you wouldn’t expect any of them to consistently beat the TOP teams (although they’ll steal results from time to time).

  4. jcmeyer10 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    15th in the ELO rankings. Good day.

  5. hildezero - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I agree then disagree with these FIFA rankings. The US are better than all those teams that they’re above on, except for two. The US are not better than England and Sweden. France? Maybe. Chile? Yes. Denmark? Of course. (just naming the notables) FIFA should’ve at least put one of those two, possibly England, in 12 or have them at 13 while the US at 14.

    • notaretard - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      sweden is not better than france. england is not better than france. the US is definitely not better than france. probably on par with chile and denmark and sweden. terrible attempt at analysis

    • rphillish - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      It’s all based on results against who your play and where you play. I don’t think it’s meant to be so strict as to say the team in 10th place is clearly better than the team in 11th place. It’s more to give a general sense of how teams around the world have been doing. Recently, the US has been getting better results that England, hence the higher placement.

      • braxtonrob - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        @rphillish, Thank you! A voice of reason, finally; well said!

  6. braxtonrob - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Does ANYONE actually believe Mexico is the 21st best team in the world right now?

  7. gsalamone01 - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    So the US are 13. Fine

    Hear me out on this. I seriously think the US has a shot of getting into the top 8. Obviously many things would have to break right but the US needs to play its A squad for the final two qualifying games and the friendlies.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but fifa will decide the seeding procedure in Dec. At minimum we have 3 games left. Costa Rica, Jamaica, Scotland. We may or may not play Spain. If seeding is kept the same as last WC, pot 1 are the top 8, pot 2 is Concacaf and Asia, pot 3 is SA and Africa, and 4 is Europe. If we don’t get into the top 8 I honestly think, which ever group we are placed in, will be the group of death. It can be something like: Germany, US, Uruguay, and lets say France.

    I don’t think it’s time for the US to slow down. They need to schedule 2 friendlies and try their best to get into the top 8!

    • rphillish - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      I think Klinnsman sees this, and it’s why he’s saying there’s no slowing down. It’ll be a stretch, and we may need another friendly against someone tougher than Scotland, but it is possible.

  8. onelovesoccer7 - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    NBC, please update the article. The Mexico game was NOT included in the rankings.

  9. hildezero - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    @notaretard,

    Everything I said is a fact. France are a good team, but they are not playing great right now like England, Sweden, and especially the US. Your analysis were retarded.

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