USMNT slips to 29th in latest FIFA World Rankings

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The U.S. Men’s National Team didn’t play any games in April, which might be why the team managed to slip a place in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

The U.S. dropped one spot to No. 29, a dip precipitated by a three-spot climb from Nigeria, which was still receiving a boost from its African Cup of Nations triumph earlier in the year.

There was little activity in the rankings, with the top 13 remaining the same. Mexico did drop two spots to 16 after ‘El Tri’s’ scoreless draw vs. Peru last month.

What do you think of the last rankings?

Share your thoughts below.

      • Riggity

        Was there even a FIFA sanctioned international fixture date last month? If not, what the heck is the point of updating the rankings when national teams aren’t allowed to call up their best players?


  • THomas

    Anything less than a World Cup title would be insulting to those uniforms.


      • Grant

        I really like that crest… I hope USSF stays with it going forward.


      • Bean

        I saw that USA Rugby has taken the crest as well on some if their shirts.


  • William the Terror

    We’re lulling the rest of the world into a false sense of security before we unleash the fury in 2014.


  • ChiTown

    “which might be why the team managed to slip a place in the latest FIFA World Rankings.”

    Might? Is. You know how the rankings formula works, so why suggest there’s other reasons we could have slipped.


    • Chris

      Chill dude, people on here are way too critical of Ives. He does a really good job for us US fans of putting all the info we need to know in one site (National Team, MLS, Europe), he also has an awesome podcast.


      • QuakerOtis

        You’re just an Ives fan boy. I mean, you read his blog everyday!


    • Kevin_H

      To be fair, shouldn’t the explanation be that other teams gained points? Or that the weights of points from previous games changed because another month has passed, which favored some teams over others? It’s not QUITE as simple as the US didn’t play any games.


    • slowleftarm

      Ives, this site is awesome. Don’t worry about nitpicking like the above comment.


      • Ives Galarcep

        Thanks. Never get too upset about random comments, but some folks have a track record of negative comments in general. Something that doesn’t do much to foster a healthy environment for conversation.


    • Ives Galarcep

      Some people should remember commenting is a privilege, not a right. Someone’s about to be reminded of that.


      • Steevens

        I think there are many of us regular readers that are sick of the negativity regularly posted by certain individuals. Thanks Ives for stepping in to do something about it.


  • QuakerOtis

    Don’t worry. We’ll jump up ten spots once the sponsors realize we’ve qualified.


  • JC

    Greece being as high as 13 is almost as ridiculous as Brazil being at 19. At least the Brazil ranking can be explained no WCQs.


    • Falls City Outlaw

      Greece had a decent-ish Euro. But yes, I find it ridiculous how highly ranked teams can be who didn’t even play in the last World Cup. But, a good June/good Gold Gup will be just the shot of deer antler spray that our team needs.


  • JC

    The next release date is June 6th. I wonder how high we’ll jump after we beat Belgium and Germany?


  • Centerback

    Ditto to the above comments. Didn’t we just get an update a mere month or two ago for the USMNT?


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