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U.S. MNT is Top-Ranked CONCACAF Nation in FIFA World Rankings for the First Time, Passing Mexico


ZURICH, Switzerland (Thursday, June 26, 2003) – The United States Men’s National Team is ranked as the top team in CONCACAF for the first time since the FIFA World Rankings began in August of 1993.

The U.S. moved up one spot in the World Rankings to ninth, while Mexico fell from ninth to 11th. Mexico is the only other team to ever be the top-ranked CONCACAF nation.

After breaking into the Top 10 last August at No. 9, the U.S. has held steady in the Top 10 for 11 consecutive months. The U.S. peaked with an all-time best ranking at No. 8 in August of 2002. Mexico falls out of the Top 10 for the first time since October of 2001.

In the rest of the world, the U.S.’s opponents in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2003 faired well. Brazil, who like the U.S. did not advance out of Group B, held on to its top ranking, still 10 points ahead of France. Turkey, who topped the U.S. 2-1, moved up one spot to No. 7. Cameroon, the Group B winner who played the U.S. to a 0-0 draw, moved up two spots to No. 16. 

The U.S. Men’s National Team is next in action on July 6, 2003, when it takes on Paraguay, ranked 20th in the latest rankings, at Columbus Crew Stadium at 3 p.m. ET Live on ESPN2, Telemundo, Radio Unica and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

FIFA World Rankings – June 26, 2003

World
Rank Team Points Change
1. Brazil,  834, 0
2. France,  814, 0
3. Spain, 762, -1
4. Argentina, 754, +1
5. Netherlands, 752, +1
6. Germany,  745, -2
7. Turkey,  733, +1
8. England,  727, -1
9. United States, 717, +1
10. Czech Republic, 712, +3

CONCACAF
Rank. Team, Points, Change
9. United States, 717, +1
11.(T) Mexico,  711, -2
18. Costa Rica, 663, -1
42. Honduras, 596, -5
48. Jamaica, 571, 0
54. Trinidad & Tobago, 549, -2
63. Cuba,  532, -7
65. Guatemala, 529, -7
78. Canada,  482, -1
84. Haiti,  473, -4

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