Houston Dynamo FC played more than 70 minutes at a man disadvantage in a 3-2 loss to Austin FC in the first-ever meeting between the two in-state rivals.
Austin got on the board first off of an own goal in the seventh minute. After a deft header from midfielder Julio Cascante, forward Tomás Pochettino ran onto the ball inside the penalty area. His initial shot slipped past the goalkeeper but caromed off the left post, but was judged to have crossed the goal line for a goal.
The Dynamo went down to 10 men after 20 minutes when midfielder Darwin Cerén was sent off after his elbow caught Austin FC midfielder Sebastian Berhalter during a tussle for the ball.
Despite being down a man, Houston leveled things in the 27th minute through forward Tyler Pasher. Midfielder Matías Vera sparked the play with an excellent through ball to forward Corey Baird, whose initial shot was saved by Austin goalkeeper Brad Stuver. Pasher reacted quickly to get onto the rebound and smashed his first-touch shot into the roof of the net.
Pochettino gave Austin a 2-1 lead in first-half stoppage time when he slammed home a rebound off a save from Houston goalkeeper Marko Marić. Marić did well to get low and save a close-range hot from midfielder Diego Fagundez, but the rebound fell to Pochettino, who fired it into the net. Austin midfielder Cecilio Dominguez made it 3-1 in the 56th minute when he headed in a cross from six yards out.
The Dynamo pulled back a goal to make it 3-2 in the 86th minute thanks to the alert play of forward Fafa Picault and pressure from forward Griffin Dorsey. Dorsey forced Austin goalkeeper Brad Stuver to rush a pass out of the back which Picault picked off. The forward quickly gathered himself and slotted it home to give the visitors new life late on. Unfortunately for the Dynamo, despite having a deep throw-in near the Austin goal, the final whistle blew before midfielder Memo Rodriguez could line up a shot.
The Dynamo travel to Allianz Field on Saturday to face Minnesota United to close out their two-game road trip.