The United States Men's National Team rose one spot to No. 13 in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, according to the new list released on Thursday.
The U.S. has jumped between the No. 13 and No. 14 spots since September 2013, when the squad moved up six spots to No. 13. Last week, the squad drew 2-2 with Mexico in a friendly played in Arizona.
Defending World Cup champion Spain maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot, followed by Germany and Portugal. Colombia and Uruguay round out the top five, while World Cup host Brazil jumped three spots to No. 6, tied with South American rival Argentina.
The rankings place the USMNT higher than a number of traditional European powers, including the Netherlands (No. 15) and France (No. 16). American foe Mexico climbed one spot to No. 19.
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