The Houston Dynamo were beaten 3-1 by Pumas UNAM of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League and lost their first match of any kind since dropping a 3-0 decision at New York in an MLS league game on Aug. 24.
The game was played in a driving rain after being delayed due to heavy thunderstorms.
Pumas scored two goals in the first half and added a third in the second to send the Dynamo to third place in Group B play of the CONCACAF tournament. Houston is now 1-2-1 with five points and trails both Pumas (nine points) and El Salvadoor's CD Luis Angel Firpo (2-1-1, seven points).
Houston still has two matches against Firpo and will need four points (a win and a draw) in order to advance to the knockout stage.
Patrick Ianni fouled Ismael Iniguez inside the box in the 19th minute and referee Neal Brizan awarded a penalty kick. Juan Carlos Cacho easily converted for a 1-0 Pumas lead.
Fernando Espinoza converted a three-on-one break as Pumas extended its advantage. The Dynamo pulled back a goal when rookie Geoff Cameron sent in a hard cross that bounced off Pumas defender Marco Antonio Palacios for an own goal.
However, Pumas would score yet again in the 69th minute when Palacios atoned for his own goal to score off a 69th-minute corner kick.