Ranking the best national teams in USA history

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Yes, it's true -- Hockey season has started early. The World Cup of Hockey is underway in Toronto, and the United States' team is on the brink after being shut out by Team Europe on Saturday.

While the stars and stripes' roster may not be in a great position to compete in this year's tournament, it's still a chance to gather around and root for your country in international competition.

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With the World Cup of Hockey in full swing this week, we ranked the 10 best national teams the United States has ever put out across all sports -- ranging from basketball to soccer and even swimming and gymnastics.

Take a look at our rankings below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Best USA National Teams since 1980
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Best USA National Teams since 1980

2016: Women's Gymnastics Team

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

2015: US Women's National Soccer Team

(Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

2000: Men's Baseball Team

(Photo by Jamie Squire /Getty Images)

1991: US Women's National Soccer Team

(Photo credit should read TOMMY CHENG/AFP/Getty Images)

2016: Men's Swimming Team

(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

2012: Men's Basketball Team

(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

2004: Women's Softball Team

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

2016: Women's Basketball Team

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

1992: Men's Basketball Dream Team

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

1980: Men's Miracle Ice Hockey Team

(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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