The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) announced today the signing of defender Steven Beitashour, the second free agent signing in LAFC history.
“Steven is a proven player who has been one of the top MLS player in his position for a number of years,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager John Thorrington. “We are pleased to add another veteran presence who will be a great example to our players with what he adds every day in training and in games. We trust he will make our fans proud.”
An eight-year MLS veteran and a 2012 MLS All-Star, Beitashour, 30, comes to LAFC after helping Toronto FC to a historic 2017 season that saw them win the first domestic treble in MLS. Drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft (30th overall) out of San Diego State University, Beitashour helped the Quakes win the 2012 Supporters' Shield and was a regular starter for TFC's Eastern Conference Championship team in 2016. The San Jose, CA native played for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2014 and 2015, and has made 192 career MLS regular season appearances (186 starts), recording two goals and 30 assists.
A member of the Iranian National Team, Beitashour earned his first cap for Iran in 2013 and was on the roster for the 2014 World Cup. He appeared in 57 games and recorded eight assists for the San Diego State Aztecs from 2005-2009. At Leland High School in San Jose, he was a two-time Offensive Player of the Year and won the inaugural Pat Tillman award, an honor given to a Bay Area student for outstanding achievements in both athletics and academics.
“Steven is a valuable and versatile player who just won a championship in Toronto,” said LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley. “He will help us build a winning culture in Los Angeles.”
Transaction: Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) signs free agent defender Steven Beitashour.