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By The SI Staff
October 23, 2014

A couple of draws have cost the U.S. men's national team six places in the monthly FIFA ranking.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side is 23rd in the world in the ranking released Thursday, down six spots from 17th after a pair of 1-1 draws against Ecuador and Honduras. The ranking is the lowest the Americans have been since June 2013, when they were 28th. The Americans had been in the 13-14 range in the build-up to the World Cup.

The ranking is still far from the lowest the USA has been under Klinsmann, with the August 2012 rankings having the USA at 36th.

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Costa Rica and Mexico remain the highest-ranked CONCACAF teams, each falling one place to 16th and 17th, respectively.

World Cup champion Germany and finalist Argentina are the top two teams. The USA's Nov. 14 opponent, Colombia, is third, followed by the team that eliminated the USA from the World Cup, Belgium.

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The rest of the top 10 in order goes as follows: Netherlands, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain. 

The USA will play two more matches ahead of the November ranking release, against Colombia and then four days later against Republic of Ireland in Dublin, rounding out the 2014 schedule.

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