History against Canada
As per usual, I hit up the RSSSF archives and the CSA page to cross-reference the results. One match was listed at RSSSF but not the CSA site, and is indicated in italics. It was part of a 3-team tournament called the NAFC Championship that was held twice in the 1940s, then again in 1990 (when Canada won), and for the last time in 1991, and the wikipedia page verifies that the match took place. Current MNT pool keeper Pat Onstad even started the match. Without any further ado, the results:
|06/30/57||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||0||3||WCQ|
|07/04/57||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||0||2||WCQ|
|09/05/72||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||1||2||WCQ|
|11/16/80||Mexico City, Mexico||draw||1||1||WCQ|
|04/27/86||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||0||3||Friendly|
|03/14/91||Los Angeles, USA||loss||0||3||Friendly|
|06/30/91||Los Angeles, USA||loss||1||3||Gold Cup|
|04/25/93||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||0||4||WCQ|
|07/18/93||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||0||8||Gold Cup|
|03/02/97||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||0||4||WCQ|
|02/20/00||San Diego, USA||win||2||1||Gold Cup|
|08/15/00||Mexico City, Mexico||loss||0||2||WCQ|
Overall, playing against Mexico has been somewhat of a horror show. The numbers bear that out, with a 4-7-15 (win-draw-loss) record, and an all time goals/goals against mark of 16-57. I wish I could say that the bad results all came in friendlies and the Gold Cup, but that's not the case: in qualifying matches Canada has a 1-6-9 record.
If you're looking for a bright side, you need to look pretty hard. Canada has a respectable 4-5-4 record outside of Mexico (0-2-11 in Mexico!), 3-4-2 in Canada. Also, the association may have done well by choosing Edmonton as the host: Canada is unbeaten against Mexico in Western Canada (2-2-0).
I find it interesting that Canada hasn't played Mexico in almost 8 years. They met 3 times in 2000; twice during the dismal WCQ 2002 campaign. The other meeting was the memorable Gold Cup quarterfinal (Richard Hastings!!) which turned me on to following national team soccer in the first place.
Now for the fun part. I hate to go with a wikipedia entry for something light-hearted, but I have to be consistent and go with the first google search result for 'famous mexicans'. The problem with Latin American countries is that most of their famous citizens are revolutionaries known for killing fellow citizens. All the names and events start to run together, and since I was dangerously close to not caring in the first place, I find myself resorting to cheap tricks like posting pictures with vaguely racist captions.
Here's one that you should all know.