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Whitecaps acquire D Beitashour, sign MF Ballouchy

TSN.ca Staff

1/27/2014 6:17:56 PM

The Vancouver Whitecaps added two players to their ranks on Monday as they prepare for the 2014 MLS season.

The team announced the acquisition of MLS All-Star right back Steven Beitashour from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money.

"Steven is arguably the best right back in the league," said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. "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."

In 89 MLS appearances with the Earthquakes, the San Jose native has scored two goals and recorded 16 assists over the last three seasons.
Beitashour has also made three appearances with the Iranian national team.

"I'm very excited about this new opportunity," said Beitashour. "Whitecaps FC are an excellent club with fantastic supporters and a great stadium."

The Whitecaps also signed midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy, acquiring his rights with the seventh pick in Stage 2 of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft.

"I'm excited to be in Vancouver," said Ballouchy. "This is a great club, with a fantastic atmosphere, and terrific players and staff. Robbo (Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson) is someone I think really highly of. He knows the game very well and I'm excited to be in his plans."

The 30-year-old midfielder has previously made 185 regular season MLS appearances with four teams, including the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake.

Over his career, he has produced 13 goals and 24 assists, since joining the league as the second overall pick of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake.