There are curtain calls with hat tips, salutes from the ice with sticks pointed to the rafters and Lambeau Leaps, and then there is the manner in which D.C. United players showed love to their fans Thursday night after a match that never even kicked off.
When over 700 supporters took a mid-week bus trip into a snow storm Wednesday night, they could have easily hurried back to the dry and heated caravans waiting to take them home once the announcement was made that Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals would be postponed. But they didn't.
DCU players could have easily loaded up on team busses to take their frustrations back to the hotel. But they didn't.
Instead, in a moment of spontaneity and true respect for their supporters, United players ran out onto the snowy pitch at Red Bull Arena to salute the fans who had stayed behind in full force chanting from the upper levels. Not satisfied with the vantage point from the field, one by one DCU players, personnel and even owners jumped the barriers and climbed into the stands to join the Black and Red faithful. As snow swirled around them, United songs echoed through the otherwise empty stadium.
It was an honest and refreshing moment of mutual appreciation between a team and their supporters. A moment that transcended victories, defeats and even starting whistles.