Game: Mexico vs. Canada
Dated: saturday 27 november
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 a.m. Center, 9:00 a.m. Pacific, 5:00 p.m. UTC
Place: Centro de Alto Rendimiento (Ciudad de México, CDMX)
All-time record: Mexico and Canada have faced each other 32 times before, with the Canadians holding a decisive advantage. Canada have won 25 games, Mexico only five, and both teams have drawn twice. Their first recorded encounter was in the 1994 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers where Canada defeated Mexico 6-0 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The last time they played was the CONCACAF 2020 Olympic qualifiers, and Canada won that game 2-0 in Edinburg, Texas, USA. The last time Mexico won against Canada it was a 1-0 victory at the 2017 Universiade (University Games) in Taipei. The last time they met in Mexico, Canada won 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in Cancun, Quintana Roo.
Mexico host reigning Olympic champion Canada in a two-game friendly streak during the current international window. The two teams have a long history against each other, and although Canada has historically dominated, the last meeting was pretty close and it will be interesting to see how Mexico now ranks under Monica Vergara’s system.
For Mexico, they should view this series as an opportunity to see everything they’ve learned since their last game against Canada. A lot has happened for Mexico, and they’re building a good program under Vergara. They’ve tested themselves against some really good teams since the last game against Canada, and while they’ve lost more than they’ve won, the progress is tangible.
Canada, meanwhile, wants to build on its success at the Olympics and reposition itself as CONCACAF’s dominant force. Unless they are eliminated by Mexico, they will achieve this by going overseas and playing against a strong opponent. Mexico is the third-best team in confederation and Canada is in the top two, and these teams will certainly face each other in World Cup and Olympic qualifiers. Canada will inquire directly about the new system that Mexico has put in place and will be able to make adjustments when appropriate.
It should be a good game between two good teams. Canada is an established power and Mexico is a rising power, and even neutral fans should take advantage of this one.