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USA Climbs to 13 in FIFA Rankings

  • SI.com, Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:54 PM

The United States men’s national team rose one spot to No. 13 in the latest FIFA World Rankings, thanks to last week’s 2-2 draw with Mexico in Arizona. The U.S. has been vacillating between the No. 13 and 14 sports since September 2013. Mexico jumped one spot to No. 19.

Elsewhere, defending World Cup champion Spain maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot, followed by Germany and Portugal. The USA of course, faces the latter two teams in Group G play at this summer’s World Cup. Colombia and Uruguay round out the top five, while World Cup host Brazil jumped three spots to No. 6, tied with South American rival Argentina.

Interestingly, the rankings place the USA higher than a number of traditional European powers, including the Netherlands (No. 15) and France (No. 16).

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