SAN JOSE -- San Jose native Steven Beitashour has been traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps for allocation money, the Earthquakes announced Monday.

Beitashour, 26, declined contract offers from the Quakes the past two years, opting to try to play in Europe. While he was not expected to return to San Jose this season it is something of a surprise that Beitashour is staying in Major League Soccer.

The Iranian international defender had two goals and 16 assists in 87 appearances during four years with the Earthquakes. The Earthquakes took the San Jose-Leland High graduate in the second round of the 2010 draft. Two years later, Beitashour became an all-star at right fullback.

He made his debut with Iran in October and is expected to play in the World Cup this summer in Brazil.

San Jose opened training camp Monday without some of the regulars from the past two seasons: Midfielder Rafael Baca transferred to the Mexican League and right wing Marvin Chavez was traded to the Colorado Rapids.

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