Thanks to its 2-0 loss to the Ukraine in Cyprus earlier this month, the U.S. men’s national team fell one place to No. 14 in the latest FIFA world rankings, which were released on Thursday. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men are still the highest-ranking team in CONCACAF, though Mexico closed the gap by rising one place to 20th in the standings.
Elsewhere, defending World Cup and European champion Spain remained in first with its friendly win against Italy, while the rest of the top five (Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Colombia) also remained unchanged. Ghana, the USA’s other opponent besides Germany and Portugal at this summer’s World Cup, rose two places to 35th despite a friendly loss to Montenegro.
World Cup host and tournament favorite Brazil stayed in ninth.