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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.

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