A hockey game broke out in the comment section of our previous piece.
“Is the United States Men’s National Team a top 16 team?”
My contention–which I admit is unique and highly debatable–is that–in a World Cup year–success and ranking is wholly predicated on the results of the World Cup.
The United States made it to the second round, composed of sixteen teams, and thus in my opinion they are a top global team. I did add–though FIFA ranking can be highly discredited–that the World Cup technical analysis that came out today has the United States at 12th.
So please let’s create and debate, using whatever methodology you want.