Beitashour with the Earthquakes in 2013
|Full name||Mehrdad Beitashour (Iran)
Steven Beitashour (United States)
|Date of birth||February 1, 1987|
|Place of birth||San Jose, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Current club||San Jose Earthquakes|
|2005–2009||San Diego State Aztecs|
|2007–2008||San Jose Frogs||9||(2)|
|2010–||San Jose Earthquakes||87||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 27, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Steven Beitashour (FIFA-recognized and Persian Name: Mehrdad Beitashour, Persian: مهرداد بیتآشور; born February 1, 1987 in San Jose, California) is an Iranian-American footballer who currently plays for the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer and the Iranian national team.
Steven Beitashour was born to Edward and Pari Beitashour in San Jose, California. his parents are both from Iran. He is of Christian Assyrian descent from his father's side and his mother is a Persian Muslim, enjoying support from both communities in the United States. He has Iranian-American dual nationality.
In an Interview in 2011, he stated that he does Persian traditions as a result:
We do all the Persian traditions, as far as Persian New Year and [Islamic] fasting, which is actually going on right now [in Ramadan]. My dad is Christian and my mom is Muslim so they don't force me to do it, especially because of soccer. So I'm kind of halfway doing all of the traditions."
College and amateur
Beitashour attended Leland High School and played four years of college soccer at San Diego State University, redshirting his freshman season. He majored in communication at San Diego State University, choosing it over several schools including San Jose State University and University of California, Santa Cruz. During late college years (2007–2008) Beitashour also played for the San Jose Frogs in the USL Premier Development League.
Beitashour was drafted in the second round (30th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes. He made his professional debut on April 10, 2010 against the Chicago Fire, and scored his first professional goal on April 24, 2010 against Chivas USA. Beitashour was selected for the 2012 MLS All-Star Game and played 90 minutes against Chelsea in the 3–2 win.
- College career
|2005||San Diego State Aztecs||Pacific-12 Conference||Redshirt|
- Senior career
|Season||Club||League||League||MLS Cup Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup|
|2007||San Jose Frogs||USL PDL||7||2||3||—|
|USL PDL Total||9||2||3||—|
|2010||San Jose Earthquakes||MLS||8||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
Statistics accurate as of match played October 27, 2013
Since Beitashour has Iranian Citizenship through Jus sanguinis principles, he is eligible to play for Iran national football team. Beitashour was born in the United States, so he's also a Jus soli US Citizen and has the choice of either playing for Iran or the United States.
When asked about his choice in a 2012 interview, he stated:
"I think it's a great position to be in to have two options, to say the least... I just got to keep playing well here [for the San Jose Earthquakes]. I think that's the main thing, and good things will come from that."
Since Carlos Queiroz' takeover of the Iranian national team, he was always seeking Iranian diaspora players to reinforce the team and he eventually invited Iranian-German Ashkan Dejagah and Iranian-Swedish Omid Nazari to Team Melli. In June 2012, it was reported that Queiroz was interested in inviting Beitashour.
"Steven has built his case over the last couple of months and talking with Frank Yallop [Beitashour's coach at Earthquakes] and getting his information was the most important step... We are pleased to bring him in. He will be welcomed here and he’ll see it is a very positive and comfortable environment where he can settle in with no problems. We are curious to see him in the couple training sessions that we have. It’s not much because we have two and a half days to prepare for a game, but obviously I’d love to see him over a longer period of time. It will be curious to get his first impression."
On October 5, 2013, Beitashour was called up to the Iran national football team by Carlos Queiroz to be part of the preliminary 27-man squad for a 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification match against Thailand. However, it was initially unclear whether Beitashour would accept the invitation. Two days later, it was confirmed that Beitashour had accepted the call-up and would join the squad in time for the match on October 15. He made his debut in Iran's 2–1 win over Thailand, coming as a sub for Hossein Mahini in the 76th minute. His first assist came to Gucci against Thailand in the away leg on November 15.
- "goal.com" (in (Persian)). goal.com. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "3 Steve Beitashour". San Diego State Aztecs. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "دغدغه های کارلوس کروش برای دعوت از ستاره ایرانی MLS / نگران از بازتاب های سیاسی استیون بیت آشور" (in Persian). Khabar Online. July 21, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- Marissa Silver (August 24, 2011). "Q&A: Getting to know Steven Beitashour; Beitashour sits down with SJEarthquakes.com to discuss the local scene, his heritage and more". San Jose Earthquakes. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- Matt Schwab (August 12, 2012). "San Jose Earthquakes: Chris Wondolowski and Steven Beitashour tapped to play on U.S. national team vs. Mexico". Mercury News. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "San Jose Frogs Premier Development League 2007". USL Premier Development League. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "San Jose Frogs Premier Development League 2008". USL Premier Development League. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- 2010 MLS SuperDraft[dead link]
- Determined performance gives San Jose a 2–1 win over Chicago[dead link]
- Chivas hold off Quakes 3–2 for much-needed win[dead link]
- "MLS All-Star Team 3–2 Chelsea". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "Queiroz seeks overseas reinforcement". FIFA.com. May 30, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "Klinsmann Names U.S. MNT 22-Player Travel Roster for Aug. 15 Friendly Against Mexico". Ussoccer.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "U.S. Men's National Team Earns Historic First Victory On Mexico's Home Soil". United States Soccer Federation. August 15, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- Jimmy LaRoue (August 13, 2012). "U.S. men's national team coach Klinsmann explains choice to go with younger players for Mexico friendly". potomacsoccerwire.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "MLS". Mlssoccer.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "San Jose Earthquakes' Steven Beitashour accepts call-up to Iranian national team for Asian Cup qual". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "Int'l Roundup: Alvaro Saborio scores in Costa Rica win, Honduras through to World Cup". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
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- USMNT or Iran, A player with options – Power 5 Klinsmann's Radar at Youtube
- Inside: Steven Beitashour 4–15–12 at Youtube
- Steven Beitashour High School highlights at Youtube