USA Soccer ranked number 4 in world
Number 4 in the world
Yeah, I don't believe it either
U.S. moves up to fourth in FIFA rankings
April 19, 2006
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- The United States moved up one spot into fourth place in April's FIFA world rankings, the Americans' highest showing.
The U.S. ranking went up despite a 4-1 loss at Germany and a 1-1 tie at home against Jamaica last month.
Defending champion Brazil maintained the top spot, which it has held since taking over from France in July 2002.
The Czech Republic, which plays its World Cup opener against the United States on June 12, remained second, followed by the Netherlands. At the World Cup, the United States also plays Italy, which dropped two spots to 14th, and Ghana, which stayed at No. 50.
This is the BBC's view of the US side. As expected, they don't think they'll do much, mainly because they haven't done too well against the European sides. But the reality is that the Europeans would choke and die if the US side, from the indifferent to soccer US, beat the ass off of Europeans teams, again, like they did in 2002
The fact though, is this, the US has a vast pool of athletes to tap in a country of 300 million. As soccer is the predominant youth sport, it will be far easier to find and cultivate US talent. Freddy Adu is just the start of a tidal wave of Americans who will become top level footballers. Why? Because it's the perfect sport for kids who don't make the cut in basketball, aren't allowed to play football and aren't interested in baseball. When parents realize that soccer can lead to professional success, you'll see a shift in who plays it.
The US side has come a long way since 1998 and European teams don't understand that the US side are underdogs. They aren't national stars. No one is going to make Footballers Wives about the MSL. They have everything to gain and nothing to lose by playing their hardest in their group. Playing Italy and the Czech Republic and Ghana will not be easy, but come on, they're fourth ranked in the world.
posted by Steve @ 1:16:00 AM