Canada to face Argentina in friendly
Canada will meet Argentina in an international friendly, one of the last games the South American powerhouse will play before heading to South Africa for the World Cup.
The Canadian Soccer Association announced Monday that the Canadian national team will meet Argentina on May 24 in Buenos Aires as part of the bicentenary anniversary that helped lead to Argentina's independence.
Argentina’s will use the match as a tune-up for the World Cup – its first match of the tournament is on June 12 against Nigeria in Johannesburg.
The May 24 game will mark the first-ever meeting between Canada and Argentina.
"This is a landmark match for Canadian soccer," national coach Stephen Hart said in a statement. "To be invited to play Argentina in Argentina is a player’s dream. They are simply one of the best teams in world football."
While Canada has only played in one World Cup, 24 years ago, Argentina has won the tournament twice: in 1978 on home soil and in 1986 in Mexico. It also finished as runner-up, in 1930 (in Uruguay) and in 1990 (in Italy).
Argentina has also won one FIFA Confederations Cup, two Olympic gold medals, 14 Copa Americas titles and six FIFA U-20 World Cups, including the 2007 competition in Canada.
Argentina is No. 8 in the current FIFA world rankings, while Canada is 57th.
The last time the Canadians played a national team ranked in the top 10 was on May 31, 2008, when it lost 3-2 to Brazil in Seattle.