Team USA moves back into FIFA top 20

08/08/2013 11:18 AM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Landon Donovan's inspired play has Team USA on the rise.(AP)
Following their victory at last month's Gold Cup, the United States men's soccer team has broken into the Top 20 of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in two years.

The Americans moved up three spots to No. 19 in the latest rankings. That surge moved them one spot ahead of CONCACAF rival Mexico, making the U.S. the highest-ranked CONCACAF squad for the first time since 2011.

The Top 10 remained the same from the previous rankings, with UEFA power Spain topping the rankings, Germany second, and Colombia, Argentina, and The Netherlands rounding out the Top 5. Brazil, who will host the 2014 World Cup and thus has no qualifying matches to earn them extra ranking points, remained at No. 9 even after winning the Confederations Cup in June.

Among the other cofnderations, Ivory Coast dropped five spots to No. 18 but remained the highest-ranked team in the Confederation of African Football, while the Asian Football Confederation's top squad was No. 37-ranked Japan and No. 57-ranked New Zealand remained the highest-ranked side from the Oceania Football Confederation.

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