US Soccer have their best FIFA ranking in three years

Published Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:03 PM by Shane Barrow

The strong run of play from US Soccer has propelled them to their highest FIFA ranking in several years as the US climbed to #13.  The latest rankings were released today and factor in the 2-0 win over rivals Mexico that booked the Americans a spot at Brazil 2014 for the World Cup next summer. The win clinched the United States their 7th straight appearance at the World Cup.

The US jumped six spots passing the likes of Russia, England, Bosnia and Switzerland.  The top 8 qualifiers in the FIFA rankings will be seeded for Brazil 2014.  It is doubtful the US can climb that high even if they win all their matches between now and then.

World and European champion Spain remained first for the 25th consecutive month, and Argentina rose two places to second after qualifying for its 11th consecutive World Cup. Germany dropped to third, and Italy rose two places to fourth after securing its 14th consecutive berth. Colombia dropped two to fifth. Belgium, Uruguay, Brazil, the Netherlands and Croatia round out the top 10.

England continued their fall as they dropped to 17th as they only have four wins in their eight World Cup qualifiers so far despite playing in a weak group.  They are fighting it out with Montenegro, Poland and Ukraine for a World Cup berth.  Meanwhile, Mexico is in freefall as they have dropped all the way to 21st in the world as they announced their third coach in a week today.