What's buzzing:

USA reaches 13, Mexico down to 21 in latest FIFA rankings

Goal.com
Carlos Bocanegra: The United States should be confident heading into World Cup
.

View photo

Carlos Bocanegra: The United States should be confident heading into World Cup

The USA has qualified for next summer's World Cup, and it has also reached its highest point yet during this qualifying cycle in FIFA's world rankings.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side is up six spots to 13th in the world, it's highest ranking since June 2010, following wins over Bosnia-Herzegovina and Mexico that sandwiched a loss to Costa Rica. The six-place rise was the highest among teams in the top 20, and it creates an eight-place gap between the USA and Mexico, which fell one spot to 21st following a friendly win over Ivory Coast and World Cup qualifying losses to Honduras and the USA.

Spain maintains its place atop the world rankings, but it has a new top competitor, as Argentina rose two places to second overall after securing a place in Brazil next summer on Tuesday. Lionel Messi's Albiceleste are followed by Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Brazil, Netherlands and Croatia to round out the top 10.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (2)
  • Ex-manager Redknapp says players bet on result of match

    Ex-manager Redknapp says players bet on result of match

    Former Premier League manager2 Harry Redknapp said his players bet on the result of one of their matches, according to the newspaper investigation that has seen England coach Sam Allardyce lose his job. The Daily Telegraph's undercover reporters … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 47 minutes ago
  • Police to review corruption evidence before FA

    Police to review corruption evidence before FA

    Police have asked to see transcripts relating to an investigation into alleged corruption in English soccer before they can be released to the Football Association (FA), the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday. The FA and the Premier League are … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 56 minutes ago
  • Spirit defeated Red Stars 2-1 in OT, headed to NWSL final

    Francisca Ordega scored in the 111th minute and the Washington Spirit advanced to the National Women's Soccer League championship game with a 2-1 semifinal victory in overtime over the Chicago Red Stars on Friday night. Ali Krieger scored on a … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 8 minutes ago
  • Toronto FC has what DC United wants -- a playoff spot

    Toronto FC has already secured a playoff bid and surging DC United is trying to do the same as the teams prepare to face off Saturday at BMO Field in Toronto. Toronto FC (13-8-10) is second in MLS' Eastern Conference with 49 points, two points … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 35 minutes ago
  • Villa scores 2 as NYCFC back atop East

    Villa scores 2 as NYCFC back atop East

    HOUSTON (AP) -- David Villa scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season and New York City FC beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Friday night to take the Eastern Conference lead. … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 43 minutes ago