"It's obviously a preseason game, so we are just rolling with it," said Cameron, a U.S. national team member. "It's a new system, so we are just trying to get the ball down and play. Obviously, everyone was a bit fatigued playing in the heat, but I thought it was a good show."
Cam Weaver had a line drive from the right box in the 23rd minute stopped with a leg save by Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Jason Johnson let one go from inside the upper box in the 33rd minute, but Begovic made a diving save to keep it 1-0.
Kenwyne Jones had Stoke City's best opportunity in the 64th minute, but Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric made a diving save on Jones' shot from outside the upper box.
Barnes nearly upped the lead to 2-0 in the 69th minute, but his right-footed one-timer from 10 yards out on the right box just missed the far post.