By Annie Ross

It’s been a long time since the Union were in the playoffs.

So long, in fact, that they are calling it Blue October.

The Union and Red Bulls begin postseason play at 3:00 p.m. ET next Sunday, October 20 in Chester, with the match broadcast live on FS1.

In the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, every round consists of a single elimination matchup, and that means the Union must use every advantage they can find, and the clearest one is their home pitch.

A home field advantage is about more than just knowing how the grass rolls and the wind swirls. It’s also about a feeling of invincibility created by the pounding noise and relentless energy of the supporters. Especially in this matchup, which Red Bulls will try to turn into a messy, physical affair, it’s important for the momentum in the match to be driven by fans.