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USMNT Climbs Nine Spots in August FIFA Rankings

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Winning the Gold Cup helps the USMNT skyrocket.

United States v Jamaica: Final - 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The United States Men’s National Team moved up nine spots, from 35th to 26th, in the latest FIFA Rankings. The USMNT’s large leap was a result of the team’s 2017 Gold Cup campaign, which it saw it go undefeated and lift the trophy.

Interestingly, the team’s 3-2 victory against Martinique in the group stage did not count towards the rankings as Martinique is only recognized by CONCACAF, not FIFA.

U.S. rival Mexico moved up two spots to 14th, despite losing to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals. Costa Rica climbed five spots to 21st, and Jamaica advanced 19 spots to 57th.

Other notable moves by CONCACAF teams include Canada climbing five spots to 95th and Panama dropping nine spots to 61st.

The Yanks will hope to continue climbing in the rankings, as the rankings are usually used to seed teams for the World Cup group stage draw.

The USMNT will face 21st-ranked Costa Rica at home and 75th-ranked Honduras on the road next month in World Cup qualifying.

You can find the full men’s rankings by heading to the FIFA Men’s World Rankings site.