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ASN Morning Read: The United States Is No. 15

The United States falls down the FIFA rankings after a successful World Cup; an MLS midfielder delivers a wonderstrike; an MLS forward goes on a walkabout around Chicago.
BY Noah Davis Posted
July 17, 2014
8:21 AM
  • The new FIFA rankings are out and the United States is 15th, down two spots from before the World Cup. Costa Rica jumps 12 places to 16th while Mexico moves up two to 18th. CONCACAF, baby. Germany is your new No. 1, while Spain tumbles all the way to eighth.

  • We see you there, Benny Feilhaber, doing what you do best. And by that, we mean ripping shots into the back of the net, not hosting a podcast.

  • Mike Magee had a day off and it's phenomenal: As are the outtakes:
  • Your MLS All-Stars
    Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
    Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
    Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
    Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)

  • Fun fact:
  • Apparently, Aron Johannsson was hurt before the World Cup. So says AZ technical director Earnie Stewart, who gave this confusing quote to ESPN FC: "He's had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team. It was something that you could play with; it wasn't a problem to. I've played with the same problem myself. Once it's time to rest, it's something that can aggravate you every time you step out on the field."

  • And finally, these animated highlights of the World Cup are great:
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