The home team earned the points by capitalizing on some lax play from the Galaxy defense.
The Galaxy outshot, out-passed, and out-possessed the Dynamo, but Tally Hall was equal to the task with four saves and Houston put a tick in the only meaningful statistical column in the 61st minute.
Giles Barnes scored the only goal of the match, capitalizing on an LA disaster. Mark Sherrod's dogged work paid off when he intercepted a throw-in to Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo. With Barnes following up, Sherrod made the easy pass and the Englishman picked his corner to put his team up 1-0.
Houston jumps to 6-5-2 on the season, while LA limps along with a disappointing 2-4-3 record.