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#SoccerSaturdays: NEW FIFA RANKINGS ANNOUNCED! USA IN TOP 25 OF THE WORLD

Welcome back to another #SoccerSaturday!

We are less than 2 years away from the World Cup in Qatar 2022. So it is only right to know where your men’s national soccer team is and the road ahead to being the number 1 in the world.

FIFA announced yesterday, their latest update to the men’s world ranking soccer national teams and there are some good surprises and some not-so-hot ones.

MAJOR SURPRISES!

Mexico climbs back into the top 10 spot for the first time in 14 years since 2006. Mexico is going thru an exciting era in national football. The likes of Raul Jimenez from Wolves, Hirving Lozano from Napoli, and Hector Herrera are Mexico’s top men and it will not be surprising to see Mexico be a big factor in Qatar 2022.

The other good surprise is seeing team USA rank amongst the top 25 men national teams in the World. For awhile now, you have seen us talk a lot about some of the national talent brewing and I mean seriously, if you deny the talents of Cristian Pulisic, Sergino Dest, Weston McKennie and even Gio Reyna, you need to have your eyes examined, pronto!

Gio Reyna will be a gigantic factor for team USA and it is one I am definitely excited about. If you have been following the USMNT for years, you may remember one of our previous captains, Mr. Claudio Reyna, yup! The Reyna legend continues and Gio is taking it to heights of which we’ve never seen. Could you imagine team USA reaching World Cup Semi-Finals? I say that because the talent this team has, could very easily get there!

Disappointments!

How often do you hear about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo being the greatest football players of current time? For me, as an avid fan of the sport, I find it disappointing to see that Portugal and Argentina are not within the top 3 of the world. However, I can’t truly sit here and bash on them considering that it doesn’t just take one person to make a whole team the greatest.

One of the major disappointments in the latest FIFA rankings are the Colombian National Team.

The Colombian National Team has been under some major scrutiny as of late. Poor behavior inside and outside of the locker room have brought into questioning Carlos Queiroz’s managerial techniques. The Colombian squad led by the likes of James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado appear to have dropped to the 15th spot from the #10 previously held.

In the latest match against Ecuador, Colombia went down swinging hard and even took a massive defeat of 6-1. Many in the Colombian press worried about the lack of discipline and amicable behavior between the players. The doubts went as far, as to allegedly capturing a fight breakout in the locker room among the Colombian players.

The Colombian football association then came out a day later denying such allegations and pledging to do everything possible to be at Qatar 2022.

What Do These Rankings Mean For Now?

While we still have about 2 years to go to the World Cup, these rankings paint a clear vision for struggling teams. For others, these rankings mean they must be doing something right and to hang onto what they have.

Qatar 2022 is still a long way to go, who knows! These rankings could change along the way and major shifts could happen. If there is something 2020 has taught us is to expect the unexpected right?

~Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ on Twitter/@Podcastcard on Twitter).

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