After an excellent summer for the US Men’s National Team where they won both the inaugural Nations League and then the Gold Cup, the Americans find themselves breaking into the top 10 of the latest FIFA rankings.

The Yanks actually jump up 10 places after their successful summer but for some reason, neighbors Mexico, who were beaten by the Red, White, and Blue in both finals, find themselves one place higher than their northern neighbors, in the ninth spot.

It’s quite an honor for Gregg Berhalter and a testament to his successful rebuilding of the Nats seeing his team break the top 10 for the first time in 15 years, 

Belgium remains in the number one spot, even after losing their Euro’s semi-final to eventual winners Italy and still haven’t won a major trophy.  Olympic Gold Medalists Brazil move up into the second spot, although they lost their Copa America final to Argentina, with France, England, and Italy rounding out the top 5. 

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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