You see, the average Canadian sports fan, upon hearing that Canada will be playing Argentina, will immediately (and gleefully) reply: "Wow, we're going to get our asses kicked!" And there is undoubtedly a possibility that this will happen.
You may want to argue with your uninformed friend, but if you choose to do so, you might as well prepare yourself with some facts. That's why I've done you the favour of presenting a list of Canada's all-time encounters with FIFA top 10 teams since the world rankings were first published in 1993. These aren't necessarily teams ranked in the top 10 currently, but in the top 10 at the time of the match.
|CANADA ALL-TIME AGAINST FIFA TOP TEAMS|
|Date||Location||Opponent (Rk)||Opp||Can||CAN Rnk||Result||Type|
|12/01/96||Los Angeles||Brazil (1)||4||1||65||Loss||Gold Cup|
|20/02/00||San Diego||Mexico (10)||1||2||85||Win||Gold Cup|
|02/06/01||Ibaraki, Japan||Brazil (2)||0||0||71||Draw||Confederations Cup|
|18/01/03||Ft. Lauderdale||USA (10)||4||0||70||Loss||Friendly|
|09/07/05||Seattle||USA (10)||2||0||85||Loss||Gold Cup|
|22/01/06||San Diego||USA (7)||0||0||84||Draw||Friendly|
As you can see, Canada doesn't have a stellar record in these matches. 1 win from 13 is nothing to get excited about. On the other hand it shouldn't come as much of a surprise when a team from the top 10 meets a team that is often closer to 100 than to 50.
The encouraging sign, though, is that Canada has rarely delivered a bed-shittingly poor performance. The worst beating was a 4-0 loss to the Yanks in January 2003, one of those developmental camp games in which both teams were fielding less than full lineups.
Also encouraging is that Canada has done well against Argentina's South American neighbours Brazil, with 2 draws and a 1 goal loss among the 4 matches. However, of those 3 results, one was at home and two were at neutral sites.
Matches that fall under the same category as the upcoming match against Argentina (away friendlies, and I won't include the USA matches) have not been particularly fruitful: 4-1 losses to Portugal and Germany, and a 2-1 loss to Spain. But hey, at least we didn't get shut out.
In short, when Canada travels to Argentina in May, we'll almost certainly lose. But it might not be as much of a blowout as you might think.