Steven Beitashour - Player Profile
|Full Name:||Steven Mehrdad Beitashour|
|Born:||February 1st, 1987 (San Jose, CA, USA)|
|Signed:||December 18th, 2015|
|First Manager:||Greg Vanney|
|Career Stats:||68 appearances|
|Full Debut:||March 6th, 2016 - New York Red Bulls 0 - 2 Toronto FC (MLS - )|
|Also Played For:||San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps|
Steven graduated from Leland High School in 2005 where his number 3 jersey was later retired, becoming only the second Leland athlete after Pat Tillman to have a jersey retired.
Steven was the captain of his high school's varsity team and was their leading goalscorer his junior and senior years in the number 10 role.He was a four-year letter-winner and was a two-time offensive player of the year before being a divisional first-team selection. In his graduating year at Leland, Beitashour received the inaugural Pat Tillman Award, given to a Bay Area student for outstanding achievements in both athletics and academics.
He went on to play four years of college soccer at San Diego State University after receiving a scholarship, redshirting his freshman season. Coach Lev Kirshner moved Beitashour to the right-back position in order to utilize his quick speed and one-on-one defending abilities. In his senior year at State, Steven earned an all-Pac-10 honorable mention. During his late college years, Beitashour also played for the San Jose Frogs in the USL Premier Development League.
He was selected in the second round, 30th overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by San Jose out of San Diego State University. He went on to play four seasons for the Earthquakes where he made a combined 89 appearances (league and playoffs) scoring two goals and added 16 assists. In addition, during his time with San Jose, Beitashour was named an MLS All-Star during the 2012 season and was part of the Earthquakes’ MLS Supporters Shield winning side the same year.
Steven joined Toronto FC after spending two seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. With Vancouver, Beitashour made a combined 58 appearances with eight assists in MLS league play, MLS Cup playoffs and the Amway Canadian Championship. He was part of Vancouver’s 2015 Amway Canadian Championship winning side. Beitashour had joined Vancouver via trade from the San Jose Earthquakes on January 27, 2014.
In six seasons in MLS, prior to joining TFC Beitashour made a combined 145 appearances with two goals and 24 assists. His 24 assists are more than any other defender in MLS in the previous five years.
- Position: Defender
- Came to TFC: Dec 18, 2015 (trade)
- Came from: Vancouver (TFC gave up a 2016 2nd Rd draft pick)
- Other Career Clubs: San Jose Frogs, San Jose Earthquakes
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