World Cup: USMNT moves up to No. 13 in final FIFA rankings before tournament
The US national team have been stuck in a yo-yo pattern in recent FIFA World Rankings, but just a week before the World Cup, they're moving up.
A month after dropping one spot to No. 14 overall, the latest FIFA Rankings, released on Thursday, put the USMNT back at No. 13. And in a reversal of the May rankings, the US swapped places with Chile, who are expected to be dark horses in Brazil this month.
In the final rankings ahead of the World Cup, the Americans' Group G opponents Germany come in at No. 2 overall, behind Spain, while Portugal rank No. 4, behind hosts Brazil. Ghana moved up one spot to No. 37.
In CONCACAF, fellow World Cup-bound sides Mexico moved down one place to No. 20, while Costa Rica made a big move, up six spots to No. 28. Honduras, meanwhile, dropped three slots to No. 33.