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USA climbs up six spots in FIFA rankings as Mexico drops to 20th

The U.S. men's national team will play Bosnia-Herzegovina in a friendly in Sarajevo on Aug. 14, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.

The long-rumored friendly will take place on the one-off international date and act as a tuneup for the next set of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, which are Sept. 6 and 10. The USA has never played Bosnia-Herzegovina, which boasts the likes of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and is the 15th-ranked team in the latest FIFA world rankings.

"As we head into the huge World Cup qualifiers in September, this is a great opportunity to get our players together and continue to build on the progress we have made," U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. "We still have a lot of work to do, and we want to constantly measure ourselves against the top teams in the world. Bosnia-Herzegovina are on an amazing run right now, and the game will be a good challenge for us."

Bosnia-Herzegovina is currently on track to qualify for the World Cup, sitting atop UEFA's Group G with a 5-0-1 record and riding a nine-match unbeaten streak.

The USA is also atop its World Cup qualifying group, with 13 points through six matches in the CONCACAF Hexgonal. The Americans resume qualifying at Costa Rica and at home against Mexico, respectively, on the September dates, looking to clinch a top-three finish and an automatic berth at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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