Je-Vaughn Watson and Giles Barnes (Jamaica) celebrate after beating US, 2015 Gold Cup
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Gold Cup finalists Mexico, Jamaica big movers in August FIFA Ranking, USMNT gets moderate bump

CONCACAF’s best sides all moved up in the FIFA World Rankings in August, with Gold Cup champions Mexico rising 14 spots to No. 26 and Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the US – yes, even the US – rising, as well.

Gold Cup runners-up Jamaica made the biggest jump of any team in the rankings, rising 21 spots to No. 55 after their shocking run to the confederation final.

The US, meanwhile, despite falling to the Reggae Boyz in the semifinal and tying the third-place match against Panama, moved up five spots to No. 29, good for second in CONCACAF. Costa Rica is ranked third in the region, rising three spots to No. 38 despite falling in the Gold Cup quarters to Mexico.

Gold Cup Group A winners Trinidad and Tobago came in one spot behind Jamaica, moving up eight spots to 56th in the world. Gold Cup third-place side Panama (65), Honduras (81), Haiti (84), Canada (101) and Antigua and Barbuda (108) round out CONCACAF’s top 10, with Guatemala slipping three spots to 108th to fall to 11th in the region.

Argentina remained atop the rankings, with Belgium moving past Germany – now in third place – and into second. Colombia, Brazil, Portugal, Romania, England, Wales and Chile round out the top 10.