U.S. Men's National Team climbs to No. 13 in latest FIFA rankings
Step aside, England: America has surpassed its transatlantic rival in soccer, at least according to the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings released on Thursday.
In the newest standings for February, the U.S. Men's National Team jumped one spot to No. 13, two places ahead of England, which fell two spots to No. 15. The improvement comes after a 2-0 victory for the United States against South Korea earlier this month.
This past year has been difficult for England's national team, which has dropped a net 11 spots from a No. 4 ranking last February.
The top three teams in the standings remained unchanged, with Spain, Germany and Argentina leading the top of the table. Spain has dominated the FIFA World Rankings since it won the World Cup in 2010, maintaining its spot at the top every month except August 2011, when the Netherlands temporarily claimed the top slot.
In the newly released rankings, World Cup host Brazil climbed one spot to No. 9.
February's standings reaffirm the tough road ahead for the United States when it begins World Cup play this June. Two American group stage opponents are ranked in the top five: Germany (No. 2) and Portugal (No. 4). The USMNT's other group stage opponent, Ghana, fell 13 spots to No. 37. STRAUS: USMNT is ready for Brazil's Group of Death challenge