The U.S. Men’s National Team is rated as one of the top 25 teams by FIFA’s world ranking system. But of course, the USMNT won’t be part of the 32-team World Cup.
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FIFA announced it’s world rankings for June, which saw the USMNT slide one spot down to No. 25. The main reason for the slide was that a pair of friendly wins in 2014, a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in late May and a 2-1 win over Turkey in early June came off the books. Couple that with the defeat to the Republic of Ireland last week and the U.S. wound up with a lower overall coefficient and less points garnered.
It may not have really mattered for much, but the USMNT did earn 392 points for beating up on a reserve-laden Bolivia side.
The U.S. has oscillated between No. 24 and No. 25 throughout 2018, and they’ll likely fall further as other teams make moves during the World Cup, while the USMNT’s World Cup points earned come off the books.