World Soccer Power Rankings Spain rises after wins over England Croatia; USA cracks top

Yes, Ricardo Garecas team lost both matches but Im sure hes impressed with what hes seen from the team. No shame in losing to both Netherlands and Germany by scorelines. Both games will help with his teams improvement.

As expected, Brazil beats the U.S. and El Salvador in friendlies. Neymar scored twice and inches closer to Peles national team goalscoring record.

Steffen is the futureZack Steffen continues to show that he is the future of this national team in goal. The talented Columbus Crew star can pull off some off some crazy saves, and his catlike quickness and reactions are a reason why he is so highly rated. He showed that again against Mexico

And while Tuesday featured some ntastic games including a shocking scoreline between Spain and Croatia, all eyes in North America were on the USA vs. Mexico battle that showcased plenty of U talent that could make an impact during the Qatar qualifying cycle. A United States winhas to have ns excited. Sure, friendly scorelines dont mean too much, but they do grow in importance when it is against your rival, and there are three things that should excite the U.S. ns.

Forget about playing Brazil it was always going to be a scheduled loss. That match was all about seeing how you stacked up against some of the best talent in the world. That said, beating your continental rival and continuing the youth movement should have ns excited.

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And with that result, the U.S. enters our top .

World Soccer Power Rankings Spain rises after wins over England, Croatia; USA cracks top

Its a new era with a ton of young talent getting their chance to represent the country. Decent results, but its more about the experience and improvement.

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Miazgas toughness is neededLook, this isnt to condone mocking or trash talking, but Matt Miazga calling out Diego Lainezs gave his side a bit of jolt, which is something that has clearly been missing. After iling to qualify for the World Cup, the players were obviously down and a bit lost, wiped out and not able to give any more. But that toughness, those moments that pump up the crowd and show your teammates you arent backing down, they all play a role in the teams mentality and state of confidence in the moment.

Eso sI que no me lo esperaba… ¬°Gol de Adams, anotTeamUSA!

And Adams also scored his first international goal against El Tri. Not a bad way to find the net for the first time in a U.S. uniform, huh?

Adams and McKennie could be a top midfieldIts a luxury to have players like Weston McKinnie and Tyler Adams who are under the age of in midfield. McKennie is a young star in the Bundesliga and Adams is likely to headed to Europe sooner rather than later. They go way back and have a strong bond off the field as well as on it, and their chemistry is evident when they play. Having them at the core of the midfield for years to come should have USA ns thrilled.

World Soccer Power Rankings Spain rises after wins over England, Croatia; USA cracks top

Didnt look sharp at home to France. Sure, thats a tough opponent but this felt much like the World Cup team that had talent but really couldnt put it together for stretches.

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The World Cup is in the rearview mirror, and now the focus has shifted for many national teams throughout the world. Teams in Europe are involved in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, African teams are in qualification for their continental tournament, and September also featured some toptier international friendlies.

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The incident boosted the crowd, and it frustrated Mexico. Moments later, El Tri picked up a red card. The unwillingness to back down that at times can be a positive

It was an easy win over Mexico that puts the team a step closer to qualifying

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