US Men's National Team Rises To Highest-Ever Ranking: #4 in the World

ZURICH Switzerland (AP) - The United States moved into fourth place in the FIFA world rankings for April - its highest showing ever.

Argentina which had been fourth and is considered to be one of the main contenders along with Brazil to win the World Cup later this year dropped into a tie for eighth place with Portugal.

Brazil is the No. 1 team in the world with 830 points five less than last month. The Czech Republic is second with 779 points followed by the Netherlands with 774.

The Americans dropped four points to 760 but still moved ahead of Argentina which dropped 12 points.

The United States which was drawn into one of the toughest groups at this year's World Cup with Italy the Czech Republic and Ghana reached the quarterfinals at the 2002 World Cup and won the 2005 Gold Cup.

Spain moved up one spot to round out the top five with 759 points one more than sixth-place Mexico.

The rest of the top 10 includes France in seventh and England in 10th nine points behind Portugal and Argentina.

World Cup host Germany and European champion Greece moved back into the top 20 after dropping out last month. They are tied for 19th with 699 points.

Croatia which will face defending champion Brazil Australia and Japan at the World Cup dropped five spots to 24th.

Palestine which moved up 17 places last month picked up another six places this time to go into 115th place with 387 points. Tajikistan moved up 16 spots to 125th and Kyrgyzstan moved up 13 places to 146th.

FIFA World Rankings (Top 20)
Rank Country Points +/-
1 Brazil 830 --
2 Czech Rep. 779 --
3 Netherlands 774 --
4 USA 760 +1
5 Spain 759 +1
6 Mexico 758 +1
7 France 754 +1
8 Portugal 753 +2
8 Argentina 753 -4
10 England 744 -1
11 Denmark 738 +3
12 Nigeria 737 --
13 Turkey 733 -2
14 Italy 731 -2
15 Cameroon 723 --
16 Sweden 717 --
17 Japan 709 +1
18 Egypt 708 -1
19 Greece 699 +2
19 Germany 699 +3

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