According to TSN reporter Kristan Jack, it appears Toronto FC have acquired full back Steven Beitashour from fellow Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps.
The offseason has already been in place for a few weeks now, but Toronto FC are not wasting any time in finding depth at right back. According to TSN reporter Kristian Jack, the Reds have acquired Beitashour from the Whitecaps. No word on who was involved in the trade as of yet.
Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Toronto FC have acquired right back Steven Beitashour from the Vancouver Whitecaps #tfc
— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) December 10, 2015
If the report is true, this will be a really good signing for the club, who did struggle at right back for the majority of last season. 2014 starter,Mark Bloom, went down for the whole season, and the club had to resort to starting left back Justin Morrow, Ashtone Morgan, right midfielder Marky Delgado and even Jackson as the teams right backs.
Beitashour brings MLS experience to a backline that is need of it. Beitashour was drafted third overall by his hometown San Jose Earthquakes in 2010, and was an integral part of the clubs backline. He was also a teammate of current left back Justin Morrow, while the two were apart of the Earthquakes. He was then traded to Vancouver in 2014, where he went on to start in 54 games. The Iranian-American fullback has logged more than 1,600 minutes in five of his last six seasons.
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Beitashour brings a strong interception game to TFC and the ability to be make smart plays and look for open players. Beitashour ranked second on the Whitecaps in interceptions this past season, averaging 3.4 interceptions per game, according to WhoScored. He would also rank sixth on the Whitecaps with an average rating on 6.98.
Acquiring Beitashour is important for a club who not only struggled in stopping goals, but who was in dire need of a right back. With Bloom hopefully being ready for next season, the battle at right back is on between these two.
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