United States National Team and Mexico have been rewarded for their run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Nations League finals by climbing to the top 10 of the latest FIFA men's world rankings. The United States beat Mexico 1-0 to lift the Gold Cup for the seventh time earlier this month, while Gregg Berhalter's team also won 3-2 in the CONCACAF Nations League final in June. However, El Tri remains well ahead of the Stars and Stripes.
The United States has moved up 10 places to 10th in the latest rankings, its highest position since 2006. They won all six of their Gold Cup matches, conceding just once. They also won five of their six games in the CONCACAF Nations League. Meanwhile, Mexico has moved up eight places and has overtaken the United States in the rankings in ninth, despite losing to them in both finals. It is his first time in the top 10 in 10 years and his highest position since 2006.
Why are FIFA rankings important?
The rankings are significant as they will be used to decide the seeds for next year's World Cup finals in Qatar. If the United States and Mexico remain in the top 10, they could be seeded and thus get a more favorable draw in the group stage by avoiding the other seeded teams.
What other changes occurred in the FIFA ranking?
Italy moved up two places to fifth after their victory at Euro 2020, although the opponents they defeated in the final, England, remain once above them in fourth place. Argentina, which beat Brazil in the Copa América final, climbs two places to sixth place.
Belgium continues leading despite losing in the quarterfinals of Euro 2020, with Brazil second and France third. Spain and Portugal complete the top 10 in seventh and eighth respectively.
How is the FIFA ranking now?
10- United States