Steven Beitashour

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Steven Beitashour
Iran vs. Angola 2014-05-30 (207) Steven Beitashour.jpg
Beitashour in 2014
Personal information
Full name Steven Mehrdad Beitashour
Date of birth (1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 34)
Place of birth San Jose, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Position(s) Right-back
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 33
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 San Diego State Aztecs 57 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 San Jose Frogs 9 (2)
2010–2013 San Jose Earthquakes 87 (2)
2014–2015 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 54 (0)
2016–2017 Toronto FC 51 (0)
2018–2019 Los Angeles FC 55 (3)
2020– Colorado Rapids 2 (0)
National team
2013–2014 Iran 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 25, 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 30, 2014

Steven Mehrdad Beitashour[1] (/ˈbtəʃʊər/ BAY-tə-shoor;[2] Persian: مهرداد بیت‌آشور[mehɾdɒːd-e beit-ɒːʃuːɾ]; born February 1, 1987) is an Iranian professional soccer player who currently plays for Colorado Rapids and the Iranian national team as a defender, having previously been called up to the United States national team.


Steven Beitashour was born to Edward and Pari Beitashour in San Jose, California.[3][4] He has an older brother, Tony, and two sisters, Tina and Stephanie.[2][4] His parents are both from Iran and moved to the United States in the 1960s.[4][5][6] His father, an electrical engineer, played soccer for San Francisco State University before working for Apple.[2][7] Beitashour is of Assyrian Christian descent from his father's side and Shia Muslim Persian descent from his mother's side, enjoying support from both communities in the United States.[6] He has Iranian-American dual citizenship,[5][8] and is married to his wife named Karlie.[9] The couple announced the birth of their son Brayden on February 1, 2019.[10]

Club career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Beitashour 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.[4][11][12] 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.[4] He was a four-year letter-winner and was a two-time offensive player of the year before being a divisional first-team selection.[13] 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.[4]

He went on to play four years of college soccer at San Diego State University after receiving a scholarship, redshirting his freshman season.[2][3] He majored in communication with a minor in biology at San Diego State University, choosing it over several schools including San Jose State University, University of California, Santa Cruz and Notre Dame de Namur University.[3][4][7] Coach Lev Kirshner moved Beitashour to the right-back position in order to utilize his quick speed and one-on-one defending abilities.[4] In his senior year at State, Steven earned an all-Pac-10 honorable mention.[4][14] During his late college years, Beitashour also played for the San Jose Frogs in the Premier Development League.[15][16] He graduated from San Diego State in December 2009.[4]


San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Steven Beitashour playing for San Jose Earthquakes

Beitashour was drafted in the second round (30th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes, the local team that he supported as a young ball boy, becoming the second Iranian (after Khodadad Azizi) to play for the Earthquakes.[4][17] He made his professional debut on April 10, 2010 in a 2–1 win against the Chicago Fire,[18] and scored his first professional goal on April 24, 2010 against Chivas USA.[4][19] Beitashour was selected for the 2012 MLS All-Star Game and played the full 90 minutes against Chelsea in the 3–2 win.[20] The Earthquakes won the 2012 MLS Supporters' Shield with Beitashour starting in all 33 of his regular season appearances and leading the league with 110 crosses that season.[4] Following the Supporters' Shield title, Beitashour featured for the Earthquakes in the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League.[21] He provided 16 assists in his last 3 years with the Earthquakes, more than any other MLS defender during the same time period.[4][22]

Steven is arguably the best right back in the league. He is fantastic on the defensive side of the ball and his ability to join the attack will make him a great addition to our club.

Whitecaps FC manager Carl Robinson on Beitashour, January 27, 2014.[23]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

Steven Beitashour for Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquired Beitashour for an undisclosed amount on January 27, 2014.[23][24] On March 8, Beitashour played his first match for the Whitecaps in their season opener against the New York Red Bulls, providing a secondary assist to Kenny Miller in their 4–1 win.[25] Beitashour was named in the MLS team of the week after his performance against the LA Galaxy on April 19.[26] On April 26, he provided a game-tying assist to Sebastián Fernández in the last minute of the match against Real Salt Lake.[27] Beitashour was nominated for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game against Bayern Munich.[28] On September 27, he provided a game-winning assist to Pedro Morales in a 2–1 win against Real Salt Lake.[29] On October 10, the Whitecaps won the 2014 Cascadia Cup with a 1–0 win at the Seattle Sounders.[30] The Whitecaps also qualified for the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League as the best Canadian team of the regular season.[31]

He's just a great guy to have in the locker room. He's always positive, he's always smiling, and he's always a guy that you want to go to battle with and fight for.

Whitecaps FC captain Jay DeMerit on Beitashour, June 2, 2014.[4]

Prior to the start of the 2015 MLS season, Beitashour was the Whitecaps' players union representative.[32] On March 14, 2015 in the second game of the Whitecaps' 2015 season, Beitashour provided an assist to Octavio Rivero during the 86th minute in a 1–0 win over the Chicago Fire.[33] On July 29, 2015, Beitashour and his Whitecaps teammates attended a charity event for children in Nanaimo.[34] On August 26, 2015, the Whitecaps won the 2015 Canadian Championship to qualify for the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League.[35]

Toronto FC[edit]

Beitashour was traded to Toronto FC during the 2015–16 off-season for TFC's second round selection in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.[36] He made his debut for Toronto FC in a 2–0 win over the New York Red Bulls on March 6, 2016.[37] On November 30, 2016, Beitashour provided an assist to Benoît Cheyrou to clinch the Eastern Conference title during the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.[38] On October 22, 2017, Toronto FC won the Supporters' Shield, breaking the MLS record for the most points in a single season.[39] On December 9, 2017, Beitashour won the 2017 MLS Cup with Toronto FC for the first time in the club's history, becoming the first MLS team to complete a domestic treble.[40]

Los Angeles FC[edit]

In January 2018, Beitashour signed with Los Angeles FC for their inaugural season.[41] He provided two assists in their second match before providing another one in their following match to Carlos Vela in the first El Tráfico derby.[42] He scored his first goal for LAFC on May 5, 2018 against FC Dallas.[43] He scored his second goal for the club on June 9, 2018 against his hometown club, the San Jose Earthquakes.[44] In October 2018, LAFC unveiled a Persian language T-shirt in honor of Beitashour.[45] In September 2019, Beitashour and LAFC won the club's first major trophy with the Supporters' Shield.[46]

Colorado Rapids[edit]

On September 19, 2020, Beitashour signed a one-year deal with Colorado Rapids as a free agent.[47] In December 2020, Beitashour signed a one-year contract extension with the Rapids ahead of the 2021 Major League Soccer season.[48] He made his club debut on July 21, 2021 in a league match against FC Dallas.[49]

International career[edit]


Beitashour playing for Iran in a friendly match against Angola, May 30, 2014

Since Beitashour has Iranian Citizenship through Jus sanguinis principles, he is eligible to play for Iran.[5] Beitashour was born in the United States and is an American citizen; he thus had the choice of either playing for Iran or the United States.[8]

When asked about his choice in a 2012 interview, he stated:[8]

"I think it's a great position to be in to have two options, to say the least... I've 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."

Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz began to recruit eligible players from the Iranian diaspora to reinforce the squad.[50] In June 2012, it was reported that Queiroz was interested in inviting Beitashour.[5]

United States[edit]

Beitashour was called up for an international friendly by the United States national football team against Mexico on August 15, 2012;[51] however, he was an unused substitute.[52][4]

Coach Jürgen Klinsmann later explained about his "surprise callup":[53]

"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. It was initially unclear whether Beitashour would accept the invitation.[54] 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.[55] He made his debut in Iran's 2–1 win over Thailand, coming on as a sub for Mahini in the 76th minute.[56] His first assist came to striker Ghoochannejhad against Thailand in the away leg on November 15, helping to seal their place in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[57] On June 1, 2014, Beitashour was named to Iran's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.[58] He was an unused substitute in all three matches and was not called into Iran's squad for the 2015 Asian Cup.

In May 2018, Beitashour was included in Iran's 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but was not chosen for the final 23.[59]

Style of play[edit]

Beitashour has been praised for his crosses and his ability to get around defenders.[60][61]

Outside football[edit]


Beitashour is outfitted by sportswear manufacturer Adidas.[62][63]

Career statistics[edit]


Season Team League League
Apps Goals Assists
2005 San Diego State Aztecs Pacific-10 Conference Redshirt
2006 18 0 2
2007 18 0 3
2008 4 0 0
2009 17 0 3
Career Total[3] 57 0 8



As of June 3, 2019[64][65][66]
Club Season League Playoffs Cup1 Continental2 Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
San Jose Earthquakes 2010 MLS 8 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
2011 19 0 2 0 21 0
2012 33 0 2 0 3 0 38 0
2013 27 1 0 0 1 0 28 1
Total 87 2 2 0 6 0 1 0 96 2
Vancouver Whitecaps 2014 MLS 27 0 0 0 27 0
2015 27 0 2 0 2 0 31 0
Total 54 0 2 0 2 0 58 0
Toronto FC 2016 MLS 29 0 6 0 3 0 38 0
2017 22 0 5 0 3 0 30 0
Total 51 0 11 0 6 0 68 0
Los Angeles FC 2018 MLS 30 2 1 0 3 0 34 2
2019 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 41 3 1 0 3 0 45 3
Career total 233 5 16 0 17 0 1 0 267 5


San Jose Earthquakes

Vancouver Whitecaps

Toronto FC

Los Angeles FC


See also[edit]


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