October 19, 2011
Canada moves up four spots
By SPORTS NETWORK
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Canada's national soccer team moved up four spots to 83rd overall, sandwiched between El Salvador and Northern Ireland, in the latest edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men's World Rankings on Wednesday.
Canada defeated St. Lucia 7-0 at the Caribbean Island nation on Oct. 7 and drew Puerto Rico 0-0 in Toronto on Oct. 11 in World Cup qualifying matches.
Mexico (22nd, down 2) remains the top-ranked side in the CONCACAF region despite moving down, with the United States (34th, down 3) also dropping.
Both Denmark and Greece returned to the top 10, while Spain increased its lead over the Netherlands at the top.
The Dutch fell further off the pace of Spain after a 3-2 defeat to Sweden in Euro 2012 qualifying, with Greece (8th, up 3) and Denmark (10th, up 7) both using success in qualification to move up the rankings.
Sweden (14th, up 11) and Slovenia (27th, up 6) also had a good month in Euro 2012 qualifying, while Portugal (8th, down 3) and Croatia (12th, down 3) were among the highest-ranked teams to drop.