The latest FIFA World Rankings are out for the month of November and they are quite interesting. As you’d expect, after two World Cup qualifying losses, the USA fell four spots from No. 24 to No. 28.
That isn’t the most interesting aspect of these rankings, however. There’s a new top team in CONCACAF according to the rankings. Costa Rica has overtaken Mexico as the highest rated team in the region.
Mexico (18th) fell one spot, while the Ticos (17th) rose one thanks to their perfect beginning to the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
There was also a big shake-up at the top of the rankings. While Argentina remain the No. 1 team in the world, their CONMEBOL rivals, Brazil, have crept up a spot to No. 2 with Germany, Chile, and Belgium rounding out the top five.
28th best in the world isn’t nothing to write home about, obviously, the U.S. will have to wait until March to play their next official match to hopefully improve their standing. Let’s not even talk about their ELO rating which has plummeted all the way to 33rd.