This offseason has not gone the way that the Vancouver Whitecaps and their fans would have wanted, but as of late the bad news has been replaced with some good news. Reports are coming out that Vancouver is set to sign Iranian international and former San Jose Earthquakes right back Steven Beitashour pending the passing of a physical.
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 26, 2014
The move is a very good one from the Vancouver point-of-view. Beitashour has proven himself to be one of the better right backs in MLS at the age of 26. He has made 87 league appearances for San Jose during his four years with the club taking up a majority of the minutes at his position. He will be the replacement for the retiring Young-Pyo Lee and will give the Whitecaps an added threat with his crossing abilities.
Beitashour also adds another player with international experience to the Whitecaps back line as he has made three appearances for Carlos Queiroz and the Iran Men’s National Team. Being a fringe player for the national team, though, could be a drawback for Vancouver with Iran having friendlies scheduled for non-FIFA matchdays. While Vancouver would not be required to release Beitashour, he may want the opportunity to prove himself to Queiroz ahead of the final squad being announced.
It is a welcome sight for the Whitecaps after having dealt with the Camilo Sanvezzo transfer saga with Queretaro FC and the more recent Andre Lewis draft pick saga. Lewis has been loaned to the Whitecaps from the New York Cosmos for training camp, but what will happen after that is uncertain. It’s a shame that Vancouver wasted such a high draft pick with some of the other good players were still on the board like Patrick Mullins and Pedro Ribeiro.
With the Beitashour signing adding to the return of captain Jay DeMerit and the selection of 6-foot-3 center back Christian Dean in the MLS SuperDraft, the Vancouver back-line will be solid once again as the Whitecaps hope to make a return to the postseason.