According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times, LAFC is close to a deal for right back Steven Beitashour.
#LAFC is close to a deal with Iranian-American defender Steven Beitashour, 30, a free agent who played last year with Toronto. He also played for Iran in the 2014 World Cup— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) January 11, 2018
The Toronto Sun also reported on Thursday that Beitashour turned down an offer to return to Toronto FC after the end of the season. His contract expired after TFC won the MLS Cup over Seattle, and although he reportedly expected to stay in Toronto when he came back from injury in August, it sounds like he is on the move to Los Angeles as a free agent.
Over two seasons, Beitashour, a California native and past Iranian international, made 51 appearances for the Reds, with six assists to his name. He also started 11 of Toronto’s playoff matches between his two years. Prior to that, he spent two seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and four before that with the San Jose Earthquakes, where he also won a Supporters’ Shield.
For Bob Bradley, Beitashour joins the team as an experienced right back and wing back, who can play in a system with three or four defenders. He joins the likes of Jordan Harvey (his former teammate in Vancouver) and Omar Gaber as the squad’s other full backs, and would likely start on the right, with Harvey on the left, and Laurent Ciman partnered with Walker Zimmermann in the center of the defense, while Gaber will probably now move to defensive midfield.
This has not been announced by the team yet, but it appears to be a matter of time at this point. We’ll keep you posted on details.
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