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United States Men's National Team rises in FIFA Rankings, #1 CONCACAF team

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FIFA has announced their August 2013 World Rankings. The biggest movement in the Top 30 came from the Ivory Coast, which dropped from #13 to #18. The United States made a significant move on the heals of their Gold Cup Championship from a 1-0 defeat of Panama.

They were #22 last month and traded places with #19 Peru. That 3 spot move makes them the highest ranked CONCACAF team, an honor the United States men haven’t held since 2011. They leapfrogged Mexico which stayed put at the #20 spot.

The United States didn’t have the biggest movement in terms of ranking spots, but they had the largest point increase with a 95 point boost. The United States also played more matches (7) than anyone else.

The rivals were the only two teams in the CONCACAF to be ranked in the top 30. Panama defeated Mexico in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup to earn a trip to the finals to face the United States. That moved them up 11 spots to #41.

FIFA breaks down the Top 50 by confederation:

The composition of the top 50 by confederation has changed in favour of CONCACAF following the Gold Cup, as follows: UEFA 27, CONMEBOL 9, CAF 7 (down 1), CONCACAF 5 (up 2), AFC 2 (down 1), OFC 0.

It is worth noting that this is the 20th anniversary of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings and the next list will be published on September 12th.

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