Designated Player Federico Higuain made his debut for the Crew, coming on at half-time to set up Eddie Gaven's 58th minute goal which put the visitors ahead at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Andy Moffat managed to tie up the game for the Dynamo late but the performance of Higuain, who was close to scoring with a free-kick in the 84th minute, was not lost on teammate Cole Grossman.
"From those 45 minutes it's pretty obvious he can play," Grossman told MLSsoccer.com.
"When you have a guy who can combine like that and has really good vision it adds another dimension. Hopefully, we can learn to play with him and his strengths."
And Higuain was thrilled with his debut showing as well as the performance of the team that remained seventh on the Eastern Conference table.
"My first game went very well," he told reports in Houston. "I felt very comfortable on the field.
"We just keep going along, trying to get to know each other. I feel that we are going in a good direction."