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U.S. Men’s National Team #13 in latest FIFA World Rankings

Apr 10, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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The United States Men’s National Team moved up one spot to #13 in the most recent FIFA World Rankings.

The move sees the Stars & Stripes past the Netherlands, who dropped four places to #15 in the rankings.

Spain retains the top ranking in the world, followed by Germany, Portugal, Colombia and Uruguay.

Other big movers in the Top 20 include Argentina (down three places to #6), Brazil (up three notches to a tie with Argentina at #6), Greece (up three spots to #10), Belgium (down two to #12), and Croatia (down four to #20).

Mexico, who the USMNT drew with 2-2 on April 3rd, moved up one place to #19.

 

  1. mianfr - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    It’s getting almost impossible to think of the Netherlands as a legitimate threat to win at this point. I’d say hopefully van Persie comes back to full fitness, but he’s certainly never been a national team golden boy anyway.

  2. mlsconvert88888 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Group G: #2, #3, #13, and #38.
    It makes me curious what the highest average FIFA ranking for a world cup group has been, if that happens to be a stat someone is keeping track of, but an average ranking of 14 seems pretty good.

  3. fantom21 - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    FIFA Rankings are skewed because of the weak Friendly Matches that some teams schedule. This also includes the weak Gold Cup schedule that Mexico and the U.S have. I have a hard time believing that the U.S is “better” than Netherlands and Croatia, and only one spot behind Belgium. Prove it when it counts, prove it in June.

  4. hildezero - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    The US is not better than the Netherlands.

  5. adroste13 - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    As a soccer fanatic I want the US team to go very far in this year’s tournament. I actually think they can beat Portugal, however FIFA’s rankings, as well as Sepp Blatter, are a complete joke! The US team should be ranked around #20, there’s no way, unfortunately, this current squad is #13.

  6. dante170 - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Doubtful the USMNT earns more than a single point during the group stages.

  7. chunkala - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    And Uruguay is 5th. I know they did well finishing 4th after cheatingin 2010, but that was 4 years ago. They looked quite pedestrian in SA qualifying.

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