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Carl Robinson's side is ready to return to MLS action with a midweek derby clash versus the Montreal Impact.

VANCOUVER — A week's worth of rest and recovery, then a solid week of training has come and gone for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who return to MLS action Wednesday night when they host Canadian rivals Montreal Impact.

Like many a soccer enthusiast around the globe, the unfolding events at the World Cup have captivated the Whitecaps players and coaching staff during a two-and-a-half week break from action.

The excitement of Brazil 2014 have the Blue & White eager to get out on their home stage of BC Place and generate similar excitement, as the 'Caps look to extend their seven-match unbeaten run in MLS versus the struggling Impact.

"It seems a long while [since we played], but the boys are itching to go," Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson said before training on Tuesday. "We'll be preparing today, getting our minds right, and hopefully will turn up tomorrow."

The World Cup break for MLS clubs came at a time when the Whitecaps were in a good run of form. Though it may have temporarily halted their upward momentum, the players seem determined as ever to pick up where they left matters earlier this month.

"We're going to continue doing what we've been doing," said in-form striker Erik Hurtado. "We had a great week-and-a-half of training, so we're confident we're going to come out here (at BC Place) and get a result."

Several Whitecaps players have desires of appearing on the big stage of a World Cup one day. For striker Darren Mattocks, Brazil 2014 has provided inspirational viewing.

"To see those guys doing so well on a bigger stage gives you goose bumps," said the Jamaican international. "You want to try and play to their level and do what they do."

Like any derby contest, the Whitecaps expect a battle versus Montreal, even though the Quebec-based outfit is bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with only two league victories all season. Frank Klopas' side may also be without two key players, as striker Marco Di Vaio and in-form winger Justin Mapp have reportedly not made the midweek trip to Canada's west coast.

"They have great movement up top and some dangerous players, so we're not taking them lightly," said 'Caps left back Jordan Harvey. "I still think back to the [2013] Canadian Championship when we tied them here and lost the Voyageurs Cup [on away goals]. We need to get this win. We need the three points."

With captain Jay DeMerit sidelined with an ankle tendon injury, there will be a decision for Robinson to make in the centre back positions, with Andy O'Brien likely to get the nod alongside either Johnny Leveron or Carlyle Mitchell on Wednesday night.

"There's no issues in terms of who comes in and plays because they're all tried and tested - not only as internationals, but what they've done for this club," O'Brien said of Leveron and Mitchell. "Certainly last year with injuries that I sustained and Jay did, they proved that they're very good players."

A win over the Impact would take Whitecaps FC up to third in the Western Conference standings. For Robinson, getting back to winning ways will be essential for his side. They face a difficult weekend trip to Colorado to face the Rapids followed by a busy July that includes six league games.

"It's a very tough month for the guys," the former Wales international said of Vancouver's July schedule. "Most of the players will be used at some stage during that month, so it's important that I try and keep as many players as possible healthy. When they get their opportunity, they take their chance. Obviously, the first chance is [Wednesday]."