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U.S. falls, Mexico soars in latest FIFA rankings

The United States stumbled two spots to No. 24 in the latest FIFA world rankings, which were released Wednesday.

Mexico, coming off its championship run at the Gold Cup, catapulted into the Top 10 for the first time since 2007, jumping a whopping 19 spots to No. 9.

Spain and the Netherlands remained in the top two spots, respectively. Another team that benefited from its Gold Cup performance was Jamaica, which improved 17 places to No. 38. The "Reggae Boyz" went undefeated in the group stage before falling to the Americans in the next round.

Two countries that suffered the biggest falls were Uruguay (No. 7 to No. 18) and Ghana (No. 15 to No. 33). The group stage at the 2010 World Cup, where both of these teams excelled, was devalued after the calendar year, which explains why they took such a dive.

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