FC Dallas has taken a major step in fortifying its central defense for the foreseeable future.
Star center back George John has signed a multi-year contract with the club Tuesday, pledging his future to the club after previously eying a move to England.
“I am extremely happy to have George John re-sign with FC Dallas for multiple years,” FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman said in a team statement. “George has developed into one of the premiere center backs in Major League Soccer. Moving forward, his leadership qualities will be very important to the success of FC Dallas.”
John, 25, had a potential move to Blackburn fall apart in the summer of 2011 and went on a two-month loan to West Ham earlier this year with the hopes of securing a full move to the Premier League side. That did not materialize, and he returned to Dallas, where he started 19 games. His signing maintains Dallas' center back core that includes captain Ugo Ihemelu and Matt Hedges, who is coming off a sound rookie season.
John, who maintains Greek and American eligibility, was included on Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for last January's U.S. training camp before withdrawing to go on his loan to West Ham.
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