World Cup 2014

World Cup: US drop one slot to 14th in latest FIFA World Rankings; Group G rivals hold steady

The US national team dropped one slot in the new FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday, swapping spots with Chile to finish 14th in the second-to-last edition of the monthly list before the outset of this summer's World Cup.

All three of the USMNT's Group G rivals held steady, with Germany and Portugal remaining the second- and third-ranked teams in the world behind No. 1 Spain, and Ghana again placing 38th in the May edition.

With relatively few national teams in action of late, there was little movement overall, with 143 countries staying put at their April placements. But Brazil, this year's World Cup host nation, moved up two slots to 4th place, their best ranking in nearly three years.

CONCACAF qualifiers Honduras moved up two spots to 30th, their best finish in more than a decade, while the region's other World Cup entries, Mexico and Costa Rica, stood firm at 19th and 34th, respectively. Canada remained at 110th.