Ottawa Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos was playing up the underdog title after practice Tuesday.
The Fury, losers of its first two regular season matches, hosts FC Edmonton Wednesday night, the first leg of a two-leg Amway Canadian Championship quarter final.
"At the end of the day it's a team (where) all the pressure is on them," said Dos Santos after a rain-drenched training session at Carleton University Tuesday.
The coach pointed out that Edmonton has had four years of experience in the Canadian Championship, while Ottawa is entering Wednesday as rookie underdogs.
"Everything is new for us," he said. "For them, they're a little bit under the pressure of knocking us out."
The games against Edmonton represent a big opportunity for the club.
The winner on aggregate -- or the combined score for both matches -- advances to the semi-finals against MLS side Montreal Impact.