Fresh off a 1-0 victory late last month over Paraguay, the United States saw themselves move up slightly in the April 2018 FIFA World Rankings, rising one spot to 24th. The top two spots in the rankings remained unchanged, with Germany (#1) and Brazil (#2) keeping their grasp over the rest.
Mexico is still the top team in CONCACAF, rising two spots to #15, while Costa Rica is just behind the USMNT at #25. However, Jamaica (#48) is the only other CONCACAF team in the top 50. Meanwhile, the top 10 in the world are, in order, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland, France, Spain, Chile and Poland.
The USMNT is off this month and will resume play at the end of May against Bolivia (#57) in Chester, Pennsylvania, and then follow that with a European trip to face Ireland (#31) and France (#7). The trip should serve as a real test for the young players looking to etch their name in the main rotation for the USMNT moving forward. The rankings don’t mean much for now, but as the World Cup approaches, it’s always interesting to see which teams are thought to be strong and which teams have some bulletin board material. For the USMNT, the main goal now is to continue to improve and play well against some of the better teams we will soon face.