The first half was a generally hesitant affair, with neither team technically shooting on goal. Every team had a solid attempt to regret. For the Whitecaps it was Cristian Dájome’s attempt in the 20th minute that went over the bar. For Dynamo, it was Maxi Urruti’s good-looking free kick in the 25th minute that was stopped at the post after beating Thomas Hasal.
While Vancouver had the best possession in the first 45, the Houston defense kept the game under control, with newly signed international designated player Teenage Hadebe already at home alongside Tim Parker in the middle of Dynamo’s defensive line.
Both teams continued into the second half, including Cristian Gutierrez’s free kick in the 57th minute, almost a reflection of Urruti’s first-half performance. It was from almost the same spot and met the same post that Urruti met.
The Dynamo deployed some offensive subs by about an hour to try to score, and those two subs, Darwin Quintero and Memo Rodriguez, nearly made a start within two minutes of being substituted on. Quintero continued to create opportunities, but nothing that could result in a goal for the visitors.
Gutierrez then had another free kick chance in the 80th minute, but opted for the left post instead of the right post and could not find any of his teammates close to what was probably the last good chance of the evening.