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U.S. Ranked Among FIFA Top 10 for First Time


CHICAGO (Wednesday, August 14, 2002) — In what has already been a landmark year for the United States Men's National Team, the organization reached another milestone by cracking the Top 10 of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in history.  In the latest rankings published today, the USA ranks ninth in the table, tied with traditional European powerhouse Italy.  The U.S. moved up two positions from the spot they occupied prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

"We're honored to have climbed into the top 10 of the FIFA Rankings for the first time in our history," said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. "There's no question that this recognition is representative of the outstanding effort of our team in 2002, where we were able to get the results on the field in winning the Gold Cup and advancing to the final eight at the World Cup.  Hopefully this will serve as another sign of the respect we've been able to bring to U.S. Soccer and the American players playing both in Europe and Major League Soccer."

The rankings have undergone a restructuring of the valuation system, with past games becoming less significant in terms of ranking points.  Despite the changes, 2002 World Cup winners Brazil remain number one in the world, followed by their South American rivals Argentina.  

The United States has posted amazing results in 2002, capturing regional honors as the champions of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup in January, then surprising the world with an historic run to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, the team's highest finish in 72 years.

Of the eight teams ranked ahead of the United States, the U.S. defeated two of them (#6 Mexico and #7t Portugal) in head-to-head play at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Only four teams ranked ahead of the United States advanced as far as the American side at Korea/Japan 2002 - champion Brazil (#1), finalist Germany (#5), and fellow-quarterfinalists Spain (#3) and England (#7t). Like Portugal, Argentina (#2) and France (#4) did not advance from their groups in the tournament.

For a complete listing of the updated rankings, log on to www.fifa.com.

Rank: Team - Points 
 1. Brazil - 859 
 2. Argentina - 781 
 3. Spain - 775 
 4. France - 772 
 5. Germany - 764 
 6. Mexico - 733 
 7t. England - 728
 7t. Portugal - 728 
 9t. Italy - 714
 9t. United States - 714 
 11. Turkey - 707 
 12. Denmark - 703 
 13. Ireland Republic - 699 
 14. Netherlands - 693 
 15t. Colombia - 688
 15t. Yugoslavia - 688 
 17. Cameroon - 682 
 18. Belgium - 677 
 19. Paraguay - 674 
 20. Sweden - 673 
 21. Czech Republic - 664 
 22. Korea Republic - 663 
 23. Japan - 658 
 24. Uruguay - 657 
 25. Costa Rica - 655

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