USMNT moves up one place to No. 13 in latest FIFA rankings

USMNT moves up one place to No. 13 in latest FIFA rankings

U.S. Men's National Team

USMNT moves up one place to No. 13 in latest FIFA rankings

USMNT starting eleven, Candlestick Park

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Men’s National Team is moving up in the world — whether that will help them in Brazil remains to be seen.

The USMNT was rewarded for their recent string of wins by FIFA Thursday, climbing in the newest world rankings one spot to No. 13.

Portugal, which the USMNT will face in group play, dropped one place to fourth in the world, overtaken by World Cup hosts Brazil, which pushed up to third. Spain and Germany remain at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Ghana also improved one place to No. 37.

England broke into the top ten. Meanwhile, Argentina and Switzerland both jumped by two places to occupy the fifth- and sixth-ranked spots respectively.┬áColombia took the biggest hit of the world’s top teams, dropping three spots to No. 8.

In CONCACAF, Mexico sits at No. 20 below the U.S. after dropping one place, Costa Rica jumped six spots to No. 28, Panama moved up four spots to No. 31, and Honduras dropped three places to No. 33. The next rankings will be announced following the 2014 World Cup.

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