SEATTLE - MAY 25: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado #34 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against Ruben Luna #34 of FC Dallas at Qwest Field on May 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. FC Dallas defeated the Sounders 1-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Dallas headed to Seattle for the US Open Cup semifinal against Seattle Sounders FC at an interesting spot. The team was flying fairly high, having won 3 of their last 4 games, 2 historic CCL wins and the 3-2 comeback at Kansas City. However, cracks were starting to appear as the team began to look tired while the defense was struggling due to the absence of George John in Europe. With the winner facing Chicago or Richmond in the final, this semifinal was the biggest hurdle left in Dallas' search for a first trophy in nearly 15 years.
The team fought extremely hard at the legendary Starfire Sports Complex which boasts an undefeated Sounders record in US Open Cup play. However, it wasn't quite enough as a 40th minute Fredy Montero strike downed a Dallas team that hit the post and nearly equalized on multiple occasions in a wide open game.
The US Open Cup loss to Seattle was the beginning of the worst run in recent Dallas memory, going 7 straight games without winning before.