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Steve Kean confirms deal for George John
   August 23, 2011 (11:12 AM) by Matt Benson

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean confirmed to the press today that a deal with FC Dallas for George John has been agreed upon by both sides.  John is expected to show up at Ewood Park in the next 24 hours for a medical before the deal becomes official.

“We have always been looking for a replacement for Phil Jones and George John is a very imposing figure and we think he can fill the void left by Phil,” Keane said. “It is a very big void and big boots to fill.”

In some other news, UEFA is going to look into a complaint from NK Maribor about the eligibility of Carlos Bocanegra after he played for Rangers in the first leg of their Europa League matchup last week.

As expected, Rangers claim he was eligible.

“As confirmed by the SFA, Carlos Bocanegra was deemed eligible to play at a domestic level within the UEFA deadline in accordance with the requirements of the UEFA Regulations,” the club said in a statement.

“We have at all times acted with due regard to the requirements of the UEFA Europa League Regulations and we are confident that the complaint of NK Maribor will be rejected by UEFA.”

Also learned from that link, Alejandro Bedoya received his work visa, so he will now be eligible to play in games.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, George John

Here is some news for Monday
   August 22, 2011 (6:07 PM) by Matt Benson

It is looking more and more like FC Dallas’ George John will be headed to Blackburn.  Since he is a Greek citizen, he just needs a Greek passport to be registered as a EU player and avoid the whole “he needs to have played in x% of USMNT games over the last two years” rule to get a work permit.

While he did appear in Europa League last week for Rangers, Carlos Bocanegra (and Alejandro Bedoya) did not play this past weekend in Rangers’ Scottish Premier League game since he hadn’t received his work visa yet . . . until today.

Mikkel Diskerud did an interview with some local Norwegian press where he talks about hoping Jurgen Klinsmann calls him in at some point and moving to a more central midfield role with Stabæk.

Speaking of Klinsi, Matthew from The Shin Guardian takes a stab at the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies.

And finally, it is not often we have highlights from the English Conference National (the fifth tier of English soccer), but here is Euan Holden’s goal for Stockport County against Kettering Town from last week.

Categories: Carlos Bocanegra, Euan Holden, George John, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team

A few things for Thursday evening
   August 18, 2011 (9:32 PM) by Matt Benson

A couple tidbits for today.

Rumors started brewing this morning that Blackburn Rovers put in a transfer bid for FC Dallas’ George John.  The 24-year-old center back is a promising USMNT candidate, but wouldn’t have to worry about his lack of playing with the USMNT for a UK work permit since he holds a Greek passport (he was also invited by Greece’s national team to a camp in May……cap him now, Jurgen?).

He is also Howie’s and I’s winner for the 2011 “Stuart Holden MLS Cheap Contract of the Year” award since he is only making $42K this year yet is one of the better players in the league (Stuart Holden was only making about $34K a year with Houston a year or two before he left for Bolton).

There is also this report by the Lancashire Telegraph claiming that he should be on his way to Blackburn for a medical soon.

FC Dallas’ 6ft 3ins defender played for his club in Mexico on Wednesday night but is expected to arrive in England imminently, with boss Steve Kean saying he expected a defender to have a medical at Brockhall today.

With Carlos Bocanegra making his debut with Rangers today and Alejandro Bedoya having a good shot of making the roster this weekend, Rangers’ website has a nice little interview with Maurice Edu to talk about the new Americans.

For those of you not paying attention since the US did not qualify, the final of the U-20 World Cup is this weekend and will be between Brazil and Portugal.  Brent Latham takes a quick look back at what could have been and selects a starting lineup/roster if the US were in the tournament.  It is too bad that the US did not qualify as the talent at the U-20 is pretty good.

And in the “rut roh” department, Stefan Jerome’s Sigma Olomouc has been fined and stripped of points for match-fixing.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, George John, Maurice Edu, Stefan Jerome, US U-20 National Team
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