The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced on Wednesday that Collins John has been given his release. It was reported that there was a strong desire for him to return to his young family back in Europe.
The 5-foot-11, 172-pound forward joined the Hounds just before the 2014 season. He put up four goals, one assist, and a total of nine points in 11 USL Pro games played. He also contributed a goal and an assist in two U.S. Open Cup matches.
John, 28, spent five years in the English Premier League for Fulham FC where he had 20 goals in 92 appearances from 2004 to 2009. He was part of the Dutch U-21 squad that won the 2006 European Championship in Portugal. He played in 17 matches for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in 2010.
Collins John was born in Zwedru, Liberia, but his family emigrated to the Netherlands after the murder of his father during the Liberian Civil War.