The Canadian men’s soccer team broke into the top 50 of the FIFA rankings for the first time since the turn of the twenty-first century.
The team led by John Herdman jumped three places in Thursday’s update and is now ranked 48th. The last time the Maple Leaf representatives were among the world’s top 50 soccer teams was in 1997, when they finished 46th. The best ranking in Canadian men’s history is center 40, which was acquired in 1996.
Only three CONCACAF teams are ahead of Canada in the FIFA rankings: Mexico (8th), the United States (13th) and Costa Rica (45th).
During the last international break in early October, Canada scored one win and two draws in its bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. With a pure record of two wins and four draws, the Maple Leaf members are third, with 10 points, behind the Mexicans (14 points) and the Americans (11 points).
Canada is trying to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
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