USA kicks off 2015 ranked 27th in world; No changes among top 45
The U.S. men's national team opens 2015 as the 27th-ranked team in the world, with the latest FIFA world ranking being released on Thursday.
There were no changes in the top 45 teams from last month's ranking, with there hardly being any international action since the Dec. 18 edition.
World Cup finalists Germany and Argentina remain first and second, respectively, and they're followed by Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain and Uruguay to round out the top 10.
Surprise World Cup quarterfinalist Costa Rica is the highest-ranked CONCACAF team at 16th, followed by Mexico at 20th and then Jurgen Klinsmann's USA.
The USA will have ample opportunities to climb the rankings in 2015 with a challenging schedule, of which the first seven matches have officially been announced.
The Americans will play Chile on Jan. 28; Panama on Feb. 8; Denmark on March 25; Switzerland on March 31; Mexico on April 15; Netherlands on June 5; and Germany on June 10 all before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
SI.com's Grant Wahl has reported that the USA will play Brazil in September as well.