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    مهرداد بیت آشور ، استیون بیت‌آشور


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    (Wikipedia) - Steven Beitashour   (Redirected from Mehrdad Beitashour) Steven Beitashour Personal information Full name Date of birth Place of birth Height Playing position Club information Current team Number Youth career 2001–2005 2005–2009 Senior career* Years 2007–2008 2010–2014 2014– National team‡ 2013–
    Beitashour with Iran in 2014
    Steven Mehrdad Beitashour
    (1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 27)
    San Jose, California, United States
    5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
    Right-back
    Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    33
    Leland High School
    San Diego State Aztecs
    Team Apps† (Gls)†
    San Jose Frogs 9 (2)
    San Jose Earthquakes 87 (2)
    Vancouver Whitecaps FC 24 (0)
    Iran 6 (0)
    * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 5, 2014.

    † Appearances (Goals).

    ‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 30, 2014

    Steven Mehrdad Beitashour (/ˈbeɪtʌʃɜr/ BAYT-u-shur; Persian: مهرداد بیت‌آشور‎; Persian pronunciation: , born February 1, 1987) is an Iranian footballer who plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Iranian national team as a defender.

    Contents
    • 1 Background
    • 2 Club career
      • 2.1 College and amateur
      • 2.2 Professional
        • 2.2.1 San Jose Earthquakes
        • 2.2.2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
      • 2.3 Statistics
    • 3 International
      • 3.1 Eligibility
      • 3.2 U.S. call-up
      • 3.3 Iran
    • 4 Honours
      • 4.1 Club
    • 5 See also
    • 6 References
    • 7 External links

    Background

    Steven Beitashour was born to Edward and Pari Beitashour in San Jose, California. He has an older brother, Tony, and two sisters, Tina and Stephanie. His parents are both from Iran and moved to the States in the 1960s. His father, an electrical engineer, played soccer for San Francisco State University before working for Apple. Beitashour 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 citizenship.

    Club career College and amateur

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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 graduated from San Diego State in December 2009.

    Professional 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. He made his professional debut on April 10, 2010 in a 2–1 win 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 the full 90 minutes against Chelsea in the 3–2 win. 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. He provided 16 assists in his last 3 years with the Earthquakes, more than any other MLS defender during the same time period.

    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 manager Carl Robinson on Beitashour, January 27, 2014.Vancouver Whitecaps FC

    The Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquired Beitashour for an undisclosed amount on January 27, 2014. 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. Beitashour was named in the MLS team of the week after his performance against the LA Galaxy on April 19. On April 26, he provided a game-tying assist to Sebastián Fernández in the last minute of the match against Real Salt Lake. Beitashour was nominated for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game against Bayern Munich. On September 27, he provided a game-winning assist to Pedro Morales in a 2–1 win against Real Salt Lake. On October 10, the Whitecaps won the 2014 Cascadia Cup with a 1–0 win at the Seattle Sounders.

    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 captain Jay DeMerit on Beitashour, June 2, 2014.StatisticsCollege career Season Team League League Apps Goals Assists Career Total 57 0 8
    2005 San Diego State Aztecs Pacific-12 Conference Redshirt
    2006 18 0 2
    2007 18 0 3
    2008 4 0 0
    2009 17 0 3
    Senior career Season Club League League MLS Cup Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists USL PDL Total 9 2 3 MLS Total 107 2 18 2 0 0 6 0 0 Career Total 115 4 21 2 0 0 6 0 0
    2007 San Jose Frogs USL PDL 7 2 3
    2008 2 0 0
    2010 San Jose Earthquakes MLS 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
    2011 19 0 7 2 0 0
    2012 33 0 6 2 0 0 3 0 0
    2013 26 1 3 0 0 0
    2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Statistics accurate as of match played August 18, 2014

    International EligibilityBeitashour 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. 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.

    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''ve just got to keep playing well here . 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. In June 2012, it was reported that Queiroz was interested in inviting Beitashour.

    U.S. call-up

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

    Coach Jurgen Klinsmann later explained about his "surprise callup":

    "Steven has built his case over the last couple of months and talking with Frank Yallop 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."

    Iran

    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. 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 on as a sub for Mahini in the 76th minute. His first assist came to Gucci against Thailand in the away leg on November 15, helping to seal their place in the 2015 Asian Cup. On June 1, 2014, Beitashour was named to Iran''s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. He was an unused substitute in all three matches.

    Honours ClubSan Jose Earthquakes
    • MLS Fair Play Award: 2010
    • California Clásico: 2010, 2012
    • MLS Supporters'' Shield: 2012
    • Heritage Cup: 2012
    Vancouver Whitecaps
    • Cascadia Cup: 2014

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    See Also:Steven Beitashour



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