USA rises in latest FIFA rankings

USA rises in latest FIFA rankings

U.S. Men's National Team

USA rises in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. men's national team's victory over Italy allowed for the Americans to make some more headway in the FIFA world rankings.

The 1-0 win in Genoa propelled the U.S. men up four spots to No. 27, marking the highest they've been ranked since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as manager last August. They had been as low as 34th as recently as December before beginning to climb incrementally since then.

The U.S. men closed the gap on Mexico for the highest ranking in CONCACAF, with El Tri falling a spot to No. 22 after a loss to Colombia. Panama is the next-highest team in the region behind the United States, coming in at No. 50, followed by Jamaica at 54, El Salvador at 58 and Costa Rica at 59. Canada dropped eight spots after its loss to Armenia to fall to 79.

World champion Spain maintained its place atop the rankings, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, England, Portugal, Argentina, Italy and Croatia, respectively, to round out the top 10.

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