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George John's loan spell to West Ham will not be turning into a full transfer after all.
FC Dallas announced that the star centerback will be returning to the club following the conclusion of his loan to the League Championship side.
While John has impressed in reserve fixtures by all accounts, he had yet to crack a matchday roster for the first team, raising some eyebrows about his future there. He departed for London after withdrawing from the U.S. national team's January camp — which was his first call-up by Jurgen Klinsmann — in hopes of securing a full transfer after a potential summer move to Blackburn fell through.
Assuming that he remains with FC Dallas, his return is a huge coup for a team that spent a good portion of the offseason finding reinforcements in preparation for his departure. The club drafted Matt Hedges out of North Carolina and signed Colombian Under-23 centerback Hernan Pertuz to pair with Ugo Ihemelu in the center of the FCD defense. Now it would appear that a potential weak spot has been restored to a position of strength for the 2010 MLS finalists.
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