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The U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying victories against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala not only booked their place in the Hexagonal Round of qualifying, it also gave them a boost in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
The United States moved up five places to No. 27 in the latest rankings, which came out on Wednesday.
The team the U.S. will play next week, Russia, also moved up in the rankings, their perfect World Cup Qualifying campaign earning them a three-point bump to No. 9 in the world.
Spain remains the top team, with Germany second. Italy moved into the top five at No. 5 while Mexico also climbed up five places to No. 14, just one spot behind Brazil.
What do you think of the latest rankings? See the U.S. beating Russia next week? Think the Americans can catch Mexico before the 2014 World Cup?
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