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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Whitecaps dont have time to dwell on a disappointing midweek loss, and that suits them just fine. Matt Ryan Jersey . Just three days after being upset at home by FC Dallas, the Whitecaps march into hostile territory on Saturday when they face the archrival Seattle Sounders before an anticipated 55,000 fans at CenturyLink Field. You can watch the game live on TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV at 4pm et/1pm pt. The congested Major League Soccer scheduling gives the Whitecaps the chance to quickly atone for Wednesdays 2-0 loss, where Dallas dealt short-handed Vancouver just its second home defeat of the season. The fifth-place Whitecaps (10-8-7) will have to put that behind them when they face the fourth-place Sounders (10-6-7) in what will be a pressure-cooker environment. "Its one of those games where youre going to be excited about it no matter when it comes along and its against a local rival," coach Martin Rennie said. "So the fact that its a few days (after a loss) is good." The regional rivals are level on points and jostling for the best position in the top half of the Western Conference, and while fans of both teams will be hyping up the Pacific Northwest derby, the match is just one small piece of the puzzle for the Whitecaps coaches and players. It is the first of four straight road games for Vancouver -- all against Western Conference teams -- and Rennie said it wouldnt be the "end of the world" if his side returned from Washington empty-handed. "It will be certainly nice to win, but its not a must-win," he said, adding the two sides will meet again in B.C on September 29. "Its a big game for both teams. For our fans its one of those games where you feel like youre desperate to win, but its not the end of the world if you dont." Vancouvers last cluster of consecutive road matches from June 23 to July 14 didnt yield the results Rennie was aiming for -- one win, three losses and a draw -- but with several new and experienced faces in the squad, the coach is confident of better results this time. "(This away stretch) is important," he said. "I think on the road our results overall have been a bit average and over the next four games we can make it quite a good road record and thats what we have to be focused on. "A couple of wins would give us a very good road record for the season and thats what we need to try and find." Midfielder Barry Robson -- who captained the side on Wednesday in place of injured skipper Jay DeMerit -- said it was important his teammates didnt put too much emphasis on the result with Seattle. "This is no bigger than the game (Wednesday) night and its no bigger than the game next weekend," he said. "So, as a derby game, it is what it is but we just have to make sure that we are at our best and come out of the traps flying and make sure we get after them and try and leave everything on that pitch." Still, Robson -- who played in numerous Old Firm clashes for Celtic against Rangers in the Scottish Premier League -- couldnt ignore the games importance from a fans perspective. "I think the thing you always need to remember in a derby is youve got to respect it
 
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