​We’re Number 19! U.S. Cracks Top 20 in FIFA Rankings

​We’re Number 19! U.S. Cracks Top 20 in FIFA Rankings
Posted on August 09, 2013 by Tim

So maybe it doesn't have the same ring as “We’re Number One”, but climbing back into the FIFA World Rankings Top 20 feels pretty good for American soccer fans, especially considering regional rival Mexico dropped a spot behind the U.S. Men's National Team.

In recent years much ink has been spilled (see the Kick Republic Rankings here) regarding the arbitrary nature of these rankings and the relatively meaninglessness effect they have around the world.

However, this year FIFA will be using the standings as a factor when it awards the seedings in the 2014 World Cup draw. The drawing this December in Brazil. And as any NCAA basketball fan will tell you, a middling team (sorry U.S.A.) can go a long way with the right draw! I mean really, VCU?

Back to soccer...

After a run of 11 straight victories, including winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship, the U.S. men’s national team deserves its new position.

“It’s a sign of consistency. It’s a sign that the guys are willing to take things seriously and become 24/7 professionals. It’s a sign that they want to go to Brazil in 2014 and be a part of that,” said United States Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “And it’s a re of a lot of hard work we’ve put in there since two years.”

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Colombia
4. Argentina
5. Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Portugal
8. Croatia
9. Brazil
10. Belgium
11. Greece
12. Uruguay
13. Bosnia-Herzegovina
14. England
15. Switzerland
16. Russia
17. Ecuador
18. Côte d'Ivoire
19. USA
20. Mexico