The U.S. Men’s National Team’s performance over the past month was enough to move them up 6 spots from #19 to #13 in FIFA’s World Rankings. That leap was the largest amongst teams in the Top 20.
From Pro Soccer Talk:
The rankings are based on the USMNT’s 4-3 victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the 3-1 loss at Costa Rica. They do not, however, count Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Mexico, which will be factored into October’s rankings.
That is an incredible surge by the American men over the summer, which included winning the Gold Cup. In June of 2013 they were ranked 28th in the world. Three months from then they have climbed an incredible 15 spots to #13 in the World. It is also the second time they’ve moved up 6 spots this summer from one month to another.
The win Tuesday night over Mexico did help the U.S. Men qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“It means a lot to me like it means a lot to all of us,” USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann said after the Mexico game. “To the players, to the Federation, everyone working here in this environment, to you guys as well as the fans. A qualifying campaign is a very difficult road and we knew that. I did that myself as a player, as a coach with Germany, and I had difficult moments. When I went through it the first round I almost didn’t go to the World Cup in 1990 and ended up winning. It is a special moment and we coaches enjoy it the same way as the players do and we’re proud of that.”
““Now it’s expected of us, but it’s never a guarantee. World Cup Qualifying is tense. It’s always so tight,” goal keeper Tim Howard said after the Mexico game. “We said down in Honduras in February that it’s going to come down to Matchday 8 or 9, which it always does. You can never really breathe a sigh of relief, but tonight we’re able to do that.”