The Peters principle

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

The biggest Canadian threat in last night's encounter came from the right side.

It's no coincidence that's where Jaime Peters was playing for Canada.

The midfielder from Pickering, Ont., makes his living attacking defenders from the wing and he was having a good night before the rain put an end to last night's exhibition contest between Canada and the Czech Republic at Commonwealth Stadium.

"That was one of the more pleasant things about the game," said Canadian head coach Dale Mitchell. "He's been on a three or four week break on the request of his club team Ipswich. We've been slowly working with him. We felt we could give him 45 minutes tonight and at halftime he said he was feeling pretty good so the play was to give him another 15 minutes."

Yesterday, Peters created the Canadians first chance, getting behind his defender and firing a low cross which was eventually cut out.

Undaunted, Peters continued to torment Czech left back Lukas Kuban. He got to the end line again and this time found Tosaint Ricketts in front, but the Canadian striker couldn't convert the cross.

"Jaime Peters was the most dangerous player for Canada tonight," said Czech head coach Miroslav Soukup through an interpreter. "He seemed to be the best player on the field."

Peters is an Under-20 veteran, having played 24 games for the side prior to last night. He's also played 13 games for the senior team, making his first appearance as a 17-year-old in a World Cup qualifier. He's one of six players who represented Canada at the last U-20 tournament in the Netherlands.

"He's a very good player with good one-on-one ability that's able to get behind defences and get crosses in," said Mitchell. "He continues to improve. Hopefully in the next few weeks his fitness improves so he can be a 90-minute player for us, because we need him to play well in order for us to do well in the tournament."


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