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Mexico make big jump, USA slip two spots in latest FIFA World Rankings

Giovani Dos Santos (ISIPhotos.com)

The Mexican national team received a major boost in the latest FIFA World Rankings, moving up 11 spots to No. 9 in the world on the strength of its Gold Cup triumph last week.

The United States slipped two places to 24th, behind the likes of Montenegro and Turkey, which both moved passed the Americans in the most recent rankings, released today.

The biggest beneficiary from the Gold Cup was Jamaica, which skyrocketed 17 places to 38th overall. Panama also enjoyed a steep jump, climbing 15 places to No. 52.

Spain and the Netherlands remained the top two teams in the world rankings, with Brazil slipping to fifth.

What do you think of the latest FIFA rankings? Think Mexico deserves to be a Top Ten team? Think 24th is a fair ranking for the USA?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Am I the only one who thinks the USA should be higher? I really think we are a top 16 team and personally think we should be ranked somewhere between 14 and 18. I mean we were an OT away from finishing in the top 8 at the last world cup.

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  2. 12 sounds right for Mexico.US is about right.. since the FMF is all about exploiting these guys they should consider them for the new HANGOVER 3 MOVIE. DRUGS, HOOKERS & INTERPOOL. haha

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  3. Gooch is done.. except he just signed for Sporting Lisbon. Maybe they know something about Gooch that you don’t.

    And who is Gooden?

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  4. I would like to see the US maintain a top 20 ranking just so sports writers in this country can’t claim that the team “stinks”.

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  5. We should be dropping in the fifa rankings. Ever since Gooch went down with his knee, we have not had the dominant force in the back that stopped people from running at/through our back four. This forces our midfield work both ways that much more, and does not allow our forwards to get into attacking. Gooch is done, Ream/Gooden are up and coming, but our young defense needs to grow for us to climb back up the rankings

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  6. Are you saying that Mexico beat the US in the US? Because that is pretty debatable. The game was played in Pasdena to a heavily Mexican crowd. I wouldn’t call that home soil. Timmy Howard’s comments after the game go to further the argument that it was a Mexican home game on Mexican turf. Technically yes it was played in the US but you are kidding yourself if you didn’t seriously feel like it was played in Mexico.

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  7. I disagree. Mexico was on the ropes until we had to bring in the worst left back in international soccer. Once that happened they merely exploited the weakness and came back. If Dolo doesn’t go out we don’t lose. Mexico is a dynamic team and, though I hate to say it, fun to watch. That being said they are not a top ten team. FIFA rankings don’t mean anything though so it’s not really a big deal England no. 4? What a joke that is.

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  8. I hope that is a joke. Klinsman couldn’t get it done at Bayern, his Germany success is widely recognized as the doing of Loew not Klinsman and his project at TFC so far has that team in the bottom of MLS. Not exactly the track record I want to be leading the Nats. Big step down from BB who was at least successful where he went. Jurgen was a good player but his managerial record is far from inspiring. If we are to go for a new coach, which we probably should have to begin with simply for the sake of change, I will agree that it should probably be a foreigner (only because I don’t see any really good domestic options, Kreis maybe?), but Klinsman is not who i hope to see at all.

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  9. Look at the goal difference from their matches since the 1st of the year. Then say they don’t need to be Top 10.

    I’d love to say the US simply played horribly against them in the final, but the evidence just isn’t there. They simply kicked our butts.

    That said, I’d love to see them get humbled by, say, an Argentina or the like.

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  10. If you can lose to Guatemala and/or Honduras you shouldn’t be top ten. Mexico could lose to either, but you’re right rankings are based on results not performance.

    I’m not surprised El Tri is nine because I predicted they would, but since I watched those two games, I’m not convinced they are there yet.

    More surprising to me was that the USA only dropped two places. Again FIFA did this based on results. If they were based on performance, one could see that nearly every team in the region could beat the USA and that they are over-rated.

    Bottom line FIFA and other groups must base rankings on results, fans can look at performances and adjust their thinking.

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  11. While you might be right, it amazes me how you only appear to criticize Mexico. Does that really make you feel better?

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  12. You guys can’t compare players with different positions. The only possible comparison is Gio and Dempsey. In my opinion Gio has better skill but he just hasn’t shined. Dempsey is a lion in the field when he wants to be. Depending on the needs of the team, one can be better over the other.

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  13. After the chicken, beef, the prostitutes and concacaf restriction that Mexico is not even close to a C team. Even Peru might run over them.

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  14. El Tri looked very good but also stumbled against Guatemala and Honduras. When they sure up the back, a top ten position will be credible.

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  15. Although 9 appears a bit high, Mexico is probably a top 10-15 team in the world right now. I’d say that we (USA) are probably around 25 or so at the moment…

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  16. +1 If you had up all the goals that Dos Santos, Guardardo, and Barrera COMBINED have scored in Europe AND at the National team level, Dempsey, still has more! Dos Santos and Guardado each have about a dozen goals in European competition and Dempsey tallied that many this year! While those guys may go crazy and get big transfers to Barcelona next week, all we can go by is what they have done so far. Although not an attacker, but still a “player”, Claudio Reyna might disagree as well.

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  17. Yes, having England in front of Brazil jumped out at me. Having Norway, Greece, and Japan in front of France also seems a bit strange.

    In addition, I find it hard to believe that Portugal, Croatia, and Mexico are better than Argentina. Or that Slovenia, Australia, and Turkey are in front of USA (although that one is more believable).

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  18. we couldn’t beat Chile or Poland… but i get your point more games vs. FIFA #10-30 would be great.. but the games vs. Brazil, Argentina and Spain bring in the bucks.

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  19. The rankings are based on a point system. A system that gives continental qualifiers 2.5 times the value to those of friendlies. Qualifiers that South Americans,USA,and Mexico don’t get the luxury of playing. That is why some European teams are ranked higher (example:England)than you would expect.

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  20. Whoa, slow down with the Mexico kool-aid there. Better than ANYONE who has ever worn the US jersey? Come on. Take off those green glasses.

    Just right now, Dempsey is better than all of them except (maybe) Chicharito. MVP and leading scorer for EPL team. DeNigris plays in the Mexican league. Barrera can’t get off the bench for West Ham. Gio couldn’t get time at Spurs. Guardado couldn’t save Depor from getting relegated to the second division.

    Also, if you want to compare everyone, Brian McBride says hello.

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  21. For the past few month Mexico had been rated little lower than it deserved. Now its just a little higher. Can they ever get it about right?

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  22. It is more likely that Latin American teams will make a big jump after Copa America after beating up on Mexico’s B team, which in FIFA rankings will still be ranked at 9.

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  23. Mexico played Paraguay. And SMOKED them. Ivory Coast didn’t get out of the group stage in the world cup I believe. Uruguay was a close game in the world cup (Mexico is a much better team than the team it fielded for that game). Mexico played England and Holland competitively in the run up to last years world cup.

    Chile, Portugal would be tossups.

    I’ll give you Argentina, Holland, Spain, Brazil (though Mexico plays Brazil well historically) and Germany.

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  24. Didn’t mean to send so soon.

    So England that doesn’t make it out of the top 16 when it counts is ranked FOURTH now.

    Uruguay which finished FOURTH is EIGHTEENTH.

    Yeah, FIFA isn’t in crisis. Just keep going like you do FIFA.

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  25. So 1 year after the World Cup, 9 out of the final 16 are in the top 16.

    The US shouldn’t be too insulted, Paraguay, Slovakia and Ghana fell to 28-32

    Uruguay is 18th.

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  26. Ranking Mexico and Croatia above Argentina is a total joke. Argentina beat Mexico last year at the WC 3-1 after leading 3-0 and that was despite Diego Maradona’s coaching. And Messi is still the best player in the world. Finally, England at No. 4 is the biggest headscratcher for me – they don’t belong in the top 10.

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  27. Dos Santos, Barrera, DiNigris and Guardado are good players, but Dempsey is absolutely of higher quality. Gio could surpass Dempsey, but right now, no. Same with Guardado, he’s 4 years younger than Dempsey, but right now, I’d still rate Dempsey higher.

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  28. Mexico is the sexy pick right now because of dos santos and hernandez, but they would have trouble advancing past the rd of 16 in the WC as their defense is still really bad

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  29. Dos Santos, Barrera, Chicharito, DeNigris, Guardado…….all of them better players than anybody that has ever worn the US jersey.
    That’s why they are ranked so much higher than the US.

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  30. Remember that since the last rankings in May, Mexico went 6-0 in the Gold Cup, won and drew in a couple of friendlies. That means they got points from all 8 games, a lot of points.

    The USA lost three times this month (friendly with Spain) and teams get 0 points for losses. Also since Guadeloupe is not a FIFA member that win counts very little(actually almost nothing) in the rankings.

    What is unfair is that Mexico might jump higher if they have a good showing in Copa America. Guests should not get rewarded with points in that tournament because they get to play a second major tournament that the rest of the world don’t get the luxury to do. The last time Mexico was ranked this high was in July 2007 after they finished 2nd in Gold Cup and third in Copa America.

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  31. Looking at the Mexico roster. It’s “lucky to reach the play off in the euro wc qualification” level. Not many successful CL players or major club players.

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