Amer­i­cans drop 2 places in FIFA rank­ings amid strug­gles

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

ZURICH ( AP) — The United States has dropped two places in the FIFA rank­ings to No. 28 as it strug­gles to qual­ify for the World Cup.

In qual­i­fiers this month, the Amer­i­cans lost 2-0 at home against Costa Rica and then tied 1-1 at Hon­duras.

The United States is fourth in the CONCACAF qual­i­fi­ca­tion stand­ings head­ing into the fi­nal two matches. If the Amer­i­cans can’t take one of the re­gion’s three au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion places for Rus­sia next year, they will have to face an Asian con­fed­er­a­tion team in the play­offs in Novem­ber.

But even seal­ing a play­off spot isn’t cer­tain, with Hon­duras only be­hind the United States on goal dif­fer­ence.

Ger­many is back at the top of the rank­ings, tak­ing over from Brazil af­ter a busy World Cup qual­i­fy­ing pro­gram. Euro­pean cham­pion Por­tu­gal is up three places to No. 3, while Ar­gentina fell one to No. 4 and Bel­gium climbed four places to No. 5.

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