Despite dominating most of the match, FC Dallas succumbed to a late Geoff Cameron header after a lapse in judgment from Kevin Hartman
Both goalkeepers were busy early on, as Dallas' Kevin Hartman had to be alert to deny Luiz Camargo, while Tally Hall had two excellent stops against Jackson and another on Shea.
Dallas continued to find itself frustrated despite Jackson's best efforts, as it had its fourth good chance of the game in the 16th minute. Jackson served in a ball to Maicon Santos, but the Brazilian's volley cannoned back off the crossbar.
The next element to frustrate Dallas was the referee, as the Hoops had a 42nd minute effort from Jacobson ruled out by ruled by Ricardo Salazar. Jacobson had volleyed home a very poor punch from Hall, but Salazar whistled George John for what looked to be a fairly soft foul on Hall.
Despite Hartman nearly gifting the visiting side a goal early in the second half, his team continued to dominate proceedings. Jackson continued to serve as the protagonist, and after putting a decent chance wide just prior to the hour mark, struck the far post with a low shot in the 71st minute after getting behind the defense.
The Brazilian winger continued to run rampant and not long after hitting the post, slalomed through the Houston defense, only to see his chipped effort sail inches wide. Minutes later, John was the next to fall to Dallas' poor luck, hitting the crossbar with an effort off a corner kick.
Houston finally showed some life in the closing stages of the game. Hartman had to beat away a fierce shot from Colin Clark after a cleared corner fell to the Houston winger. In the end, though, a poor decision from the Dallas keeper in the 87th minute cost his team the game. He came out to punch away a Brad Davis corner, but never touched the ball, as Cameron got there before him to turn the cross into a gaping net and allow Houston to steal all three points.