Austin had possession at the beginning, accelerated the pace and with a particularly positive course of play in the 7th minute, when Pochettino cracked a shot that went over the post and went into the post more determined to stand as an opener. Alexander Ring almost doubled the lead in the 16th minute with a Pochettino-supported attempt that hit the bar.
Then things got tougher for Dynamo in the 20th minute when Darwin Ceren was sent off, followed five minutes later by Cecilio Dominguez, who would have put Houston into a two-goal-plus-one-man hole.
But instead, Tyler Pasher scored the Dynamo level in the 27th minute, turning an air rescue from Brad Stuver into a putback goal after a shot from Corey Baird while Stuver was still rallying. However, there was more misfortune for Houston as the goalscorer went down on his half of the field a few minutes later and was replaced by Griffin Dorsey.
Pochettino himself then benefited from a putback attempt, collecting the rebound from Diego Fagundez’s attempt in the first minute of stoppage time and drilling him home. With one of the last actions of the half, he would have got almost a third, caught his head in a corner kick, but pushed it just barely far.
He kept pushing for a hat trick after the game resumed, but it was Dominguez who came in 56th.
Fafa Picault would get one back to encourage the small but tenacious contingent of Houston fans who had made the trip, but the hosts were able to end the game without compensation.