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U.S. falls behind Costa Rica, Mexico in soccer world rankings
U.S. falls behind Costa Rica, Mexico in soccer world rankings

In case there was any doubt, FIFA made it official Thursday: The U.S. is no longer the top soccer country in North and Central America. In fact, it's not even No. 2. In the latest world rankings released Thursday, soccer's global governing body ranks the U.S. 18th behind Costa Rica (15) and Mexico (17), making it third among teams from Central America, North America and the Caribbean. In the July rankings, which are based on a complicated mathematical formula that takes into account results and strength of opponents, the U.S. was 15th, slightly ahead of Costa Rica (16) and Mexico (18). But in August no team in the world's top 60 fell slipped further than the U.S.,...

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