USA drops to 14th in May FIFA ranking; Spain still tops charts, Brazil up to 4th

Thursday May 8th, 2014

USA The U.S. national team will enter pre-World Cup camp as the 14th-ranked team in the world, according to FIFA. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There has hardly been any international soccer since April's FIFA ranking to strongly influence the May edition -- 13 matches across the world, to be exact -- but the USA did manage to fall one place with pre-World Cup camp just days away.

Jurgen Klinsmann's group is down one place to 14th, swapping places with Chile, while CONCACAF rival Mexico remained in 19th position.

Spain continues to top the ranking, followed by U.S. World Cup Group G opponents Germany and Portugal, respectively. World Cup host Brazil is up to fourth, marking it's highest standing in almost three years. The rest of the top 10, respectively, reads Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.

Of note elsewhere is World Cup-bound CONCACAF nation Honduras cracking the top 30 for the first time in 12 years, rising two places to 30th. The USA's first World Cup opponent, Ghana, stayed put at 38th.

As for the nations the USA will play in the send-off series ahead of the World Cup, Azerbaijan -- coached by U.S. World Cup advisor Berti Vogts -- remained steady at 85th, Turkey stayed at 39th and Nigeria is up one place to 44th.

WORLD CUP ROSTERS: Running tally of every team One more ranking will be unveiled before the World Cup commences, with the June 6th edition setting the table for the competition in Brazil.

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