World Cup: USMNT back up to No. 13 in FIFA World Rankings; Germany, Portugal in Top 3
The US national team may have won just once in their last five outings, but that's enough to bump them back up to No. 13 in the FIFA World Rankings, released on Thursday.
The rankings also reinforced the belief that the USMNT are in the Group of Death at the World Cup this summer, with Group G opponents Germany holding fast at No. 2, while Portugal climbed a notch to No. 3.
Jurgen Klinsmann's squad climbed up a single spot over their March placement thanks to last week's 2-2 draw with Mexico. This is the third time the US have been as high as No. 13 under Klinsmann, including a brief pit-stop this winter and two months spent there at the end of last summer.
The last time the US were ranked higher than 13 came in October of 2009, following on the heels of winning that edition of the Hexagonal and a strong summer showing in the Confederations Cup, where they placed second to Brazil.
The World Cup hosts were the biggest risers in the top 20, climbing three spots to No. 6, while the Netherlands took the biggest plunge, falling four spots to No. 15. Spain retained their perch at No. 1.
The fourth team in this summer's Group of Death, Ghana, dropped three spots to No. 38.
Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Mexico climbed a spot to No. 19, while Honduras jumped four places to No. 32 and Costa Rica held steady at 34.