It can't be said enough. The composure of the Houston Dynamo was top notch.
In the last 5 minutes of the game, Montreal Impact was facing the end of their season. They were not pleased. When Kofi Sarkodie took the ball to the corner flag, a frustrated Andrew Romero pushed Sarkodie over. and then aimed a kick at the fallen Sarkodie, who was tangled up with the ball.
The scrum that followed will be remembered for quite a while, or at least until the first game Impact's next season. Before either player could do more damage to each other, the AR separated them. Players from both teams charged forward to defend their teammate.
Still enraged, Romero shoved Boniek Garcie twice, who had sprinted over to raise his hands in bewilderment at Romero's behavior.
A near brawl erupted between de Vaio and a furious Corey Ashe, with whom de Vaio had been jawing all night. Despite attempts by Creavalle and Sarkodie to separate the pair, de Vaio put his hand around Ashe's neck and scratched his face more than once.
To defuse the situation, Bobby Boswell, normally a hothead, pulled Corey Ashe into his arms and walked away. Eric Brunner, Omar Cummings, Driver and Cam Weave also helped wrench players away from a potential fight.
This composure proved essential to the Dynamo's playoff strategy, as any red cards would place crucial players on the bench for the match against New York on Sunday. Impact, on the other hand, netted three red cards over the course of the game. This will undoubtedly lead to roster decisions on their opening match.
Speaking about the scrum, Ashe old the Houston Chronicle: "We're a family and we're going to stick up for each other. Everyone knows I'm the feisty one on the team. I'm the pit bull. I find the way to get in everything. I like to protect my players." Let's hope this family's bond continues to provide chemistry in Sunday's game against New York.
View the scrum near the 8:00 mark of Dynamo's feed: http://www.houstondynamo.com/news/2013/10/match-recap-houston-dynamo-3-montreal-impact-0