Good news just keeps on rolling in for the U.S. Men’s National Team and its army of supporters. On the heels of a dominant qualification campaign capped by winning the way to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on Tuesday against Mexico, the Stars and Stripes climbed six spots to No. 13 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings released today.
The surge up the rankings is a credit to coach Jurgen Klinsmann, captain Clint Dempsey and the rest of the squad, which had dipped to an all-time low 36th just a year ago, July 2012, before going on the recent run of 13 wins from 14 games including 2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup glory.
The last time the U.S. reached 13th was July 2010. The highest ever spot was No. 4 in April 2006. Since the creation of the rankings in 1993, the USMNT has an average of 19th place.
The U.S.’s six-place jump today is the biggest of any team in the top 20, and the side is the highest ranked team in CONCACAF. Mexico dipped to No. 21 as their qualification campaign continues to sputter. Costa Rica, which booked its trip to Brazil on Tuesday, too, jumped nine spots up to No. 33.
The top 10 is made up of all the powerhouses you would expect. Spain held firm at the top, while Lionel Messi’s Argentina swapped places with Germany.
Italy, which had a strong showing at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil and qualified for the World Cup on Tuesday, moved up from sixth to fourth. The golden generations of Colombia and Belgium continue to shine.
FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings Top 10:
Outside the top 10, England, which still leads its qualifying group after beating Moldova and drawing with Ukraine, fell three places to No. 17 after ranking as high as No. 3 in August.
Who do you think is missing from the Top 10? How high can the USMNT go?