The San Jose Earthquakes announced Monday the team has traded defender Steven Beitashour, a San Jose native, to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for allocation money.
Beitashour, 26, played four seasons with the Earthquakes, scoring two goals and notching 16 assists in 87 games. He was a second-round choice by San Jose in the 2010 SuperDraft out of San Diego State.
His best season was 2012, when he had six assists in 33 games and was named a starter in the MLS All-Star Game against Chelsea FC.
Last season, Beitashour missed six games to open the season after recovering from sports hernia surgery before finishing the year with a goal and three assists in 27 games.
He also represented Iran in a 2015 Asian Cup Qualifier against Thailand in October. He opted to represent Iran—where his parents were born—after playing in some camps with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
“It’s easier for people who have established themselves to be in the national team,” Beitashour said last fall. (h/t ESPNFC.com) “For me, if I don’t prove myself now, then I’ll be 31 when the next World Cup comes around. There will probably be younger, better guys than me. You just have to make the most of all the opportunities that come your way and hopefully I will.”
He has played three international caps for Iran and remains hopeful of making the final roster for the World Cup in June.
ESPNFC.com reported that Beitashour was thought to be headed to Europe after he was unable to come to terms with the Earthquakes on a new contract. With Vancouver, he fills a need on the right side of the defense after Young-Pyo Lee’s retirement.