Lose, draw, climb — USMNT up five spots in latest FIFA rankings

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The United States men’s national team played a pair of experimental road friendlies in March, drawing in Switzerland after losing to Denmark, and improved in the FIFA rankings for their troubles.

In the latest example of the bizarre world of the aforementioned world rankings, the USMNT has risen five spots from 32 to 27 in April.

Germany remains atop the leaderboard, with Argentina right behind the World Cup champs. Belgium moves into third, while Brazil jumps to fifth.

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As for the States’ opponents in March, Switzerland moves up three spots to ninth after its USMNT draw and a win over Estonia, while Denmark stays 28th — one spot below the U.S. — with its other match being a 2-0 loss in France.

Wales jumped 15 spots to its highest ever ranking, 22nd, after beating Israel 3-0, while Bhutan made the biggest jump of anyone (46 spaces to No. 163).

In CONCACAF, Costa Rica’s loss to Panama and draw with Paraguay dropped Los Ticos two spots to No. 15, while wins over Paraguay and Ecuador helped Mexico rise three slots to 18. Panama rose eight spots to 53rd after wins over Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago.

The U.S. next faces Mexico on April 15. El Tri released its roster on Wednesday.

View the rankings in full here.