The United States Men’s National Team is having a rough go of it as they prepare for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Two recent losses to Jamaica and Venezuela didn’t help their ranking as they dropped 6 spots to 30th in the FIFA World Rankings that were released today.
Since the formula for the World Rankings changed last August, the USMNT had been hovering between 23rd and 25th in the world. That has changed after a disastrous effort at home to two teams below them in the ladder. While the top 4 went unchanged, Portugal rose to 5th after winning the UEFA Nations League last weekend.
The United States are set to host the Gold Cup, which begins tomorrow. The USMNT’s first match will be Tuesday against Guyana at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The groups for the Gold Cup (World Rankings in parentheses):
Group A: Mexico (18), Canada (78), Martinique (NR*), Cuba (175)
Group B: Costa Rica (39), Haiti (101), Nicaragua (129), Bermuda (174)
Group C: Honduras (61), Jamaica (54), El Salvador (69), Curaçao (79)
Group D: USA (30), Panama (75), Trinidad and Tobago (92), Guyana (177)
*Martinique is not an official FIFA member
The USMNT now gets a chance to compete in official matches for the first time in almost two years when they compete in the Gold Cup. This will be a chance for them to likely improve their rankings somewhat as they move through the year to CONCACAF Nations League.
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