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The U.S. men’s national team rose in Thursday’s FIFA world rankings following a strong return to World Cup action.

The Americans jumped up one spot to 13th place in the final FIFA rankings of 2022. Gregg Berhalter’s side made their return to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, finishing second in Group B behind eventual quarterfinalists England.

The Americans tied Wales 1-1 in their group stage opener before tying England 0-0 and defeating Iran 1-0 in a must-win third match. Despite suffering elimination at the hands of the Netherlands by a 3-1 scoreline, the Americans showed several positive moments with many players making their World Cup debuts.

The USMNT was the only Concacaf nation to rise in the rankings, with fellow World Cup participants Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada all dropping. Mexico fell to No. 15 in the overall rankings after suffering a group stage exit, while Costa Rica dropped to No. 32 and Canada fell to No. 53.

Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada all were eliminated in the group stage of the tournament.

FIFA World Cup winners Argentina rose up to No. 2 after defeating France in the final of the competition. However, Brazil retained its place as No. 1 while France, Belgium, and England helped round out the top five.

The Netherlands and Croatia also saw big moves up the rankings, sitting No. 6 and No. 7 respectively. Italy, Portugal, and Spain rounded out the top ten while Morocco received the largest boost, moving from No. 21 to No. 11 following its best-ever World Cup finish of reaching the semifinals.

The USMNT will return to action in January with a pair of home friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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