Blackburn ends pursuit of American defender John

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BLACKBURN, England (AP) — FC Dallas says American defender George John will not be joining Premier League club Blackburn.

Dallas president Doug Quinn says “Blackburn had significant interest in acquiring George; however, for the time being, they decided not to finalize the deal.”

The Major League Soccer club added in a statement that John will now be available for the U.S. Open Cup semifinal against the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday.

To avoid the necessity of obtaining a British work permit, John had traveled to Greece — his grandparents’ homeland — to collect a passport from another European Union country.