Trialist Callum Elliott made his case when he collected a pass from recent Dynamo draft pick Jason Johnson near the top of the box and blasted it past Rapids keeper Steward Ceus with just a minute gone.
Houston had the better chances on the evening, but there were plenty of positives from the Colorado end, too, with rookie Dillon Powers and recent acquisition Nick LaBrocca both looking good in the midfield, among others.
The Desert Friendlies continue Friday with Sporting Kansas City taking on Portland at 8 pm ET. The Rapids and Dynamo are both back in action Saturday, with the former facing San Jose at 1 pm ET and the latter going up against Vancouver at 6 pm ET.
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