The U.S. is down nine places to 30 in the FIFA rankings.
Now, there are several ways to look at this. Pick your poison.
1. Rankings are essentially meaningless.
2. The U.S. is better off confronting better opposition, even if their ranking takes a hit.
3. The U.S. had an inflated ranking before, this is where the team realistically stands.
Also, who or what is mainly to blame for the fall in the team's rank?