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USMNT gains five spots but drops behind Mexico in latest FIFA rankings


Clint Dempsey & Michael Bradley, USMNT — 2015 Gold Cup

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The United States’ fourth-place finish at the Gold Cup still helped its stock in the most recent edition of the FIFA rankings.

With the Yanks playing consequential matches instead of friendlies, the U.S. rose five spots to No. 29 but are no longer the top side in CONCACAF (according to the rankings).

El Tri‘s run to the Gold Cup title catapulted the States’ neighbors to No. 26, 14 places higher than their July slot.

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Costa Rica is third in CONCACAF, rising three spots to No. 38, while Jamaica rises 21 spots to No. 55.

Around the world, only two teams in the top 20 rose or fell more than a single spot. The Dutch have dropped seven places to No. 12, while Uruguay drops five to No. 18.

Argentina remains No. 1, with Belgium leapfrogging Germany for second.

Albania shot up 14 spots to No. 22, the highest position ever for the Eagles. Gianni De Biasi’s side is unbeaten in Euro qualifying and has performed admirably in friendlies with France and Italy, going 1-1-1.

Serbia, who forfeited a match to Albania in October, dropped 23 places to No. 66.

It should always be pointed out that the FIFA rankings are anything but perfect, and subject to deserved scrutiny and debate.

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