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U.S. men's soccer team slips to 28th place in FIFA rankings

USMNT drops to 28th in FIFA rankings despite 2-0 victory over Mexico

The United States dropped one spot, to 28th place, in the FIFA world rankings released Thursday.

The fall comes despite a 2-0 win over Mexico in the U.S. team's last game, largely because Russia picked up 47 points in the poll, jumping up five spots and elbowing its way past the Americans and into 27th place in the standings.

The top 17 spots in the rankings remained unchanged with World Cup winner Germany at No. 1 followed by Argentina, the team it beat in last summer's final.

Belgium, Colombia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay, Switzerland and Spain round out the top 10.

Costa Rica, at No. 15, is the highest-ranked CONCACAF team, seven spots ahead of Mexico,  which fell four places to No. 22 -- the most dramatic fall among the top 74 teams

At 21st place, Wales achieved its highest ranking ever.

The rankings are determined by a mathematical formula with points being awarded based on the results of all FIFA-recognized matches during the last four years, with more recent results and more significant matches being more heavily weighted to help reflect the current competitive state of a team.

The top 30:

  1. Germany
  2. Argentina
  3. Belgium
  4. Colombia
  5. Brazil
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Portugal
  8. Uruguay
  9. Switzerland
  10. Spain
  11. France
  12. Romania
  13. Italy
  14. England
  15. Costa Rica
  16. Chile
  17. Croatia
  18. Czech Republic
  19. Slovakia
  20. Algeria
  21. Wales
  22. Mexico
  23. Ivory Coast
  24. Greece
  25. Austria
  26. Ghana
  27. Russia
  28. USA
  29. Denmark
  30. Scotland

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