In a move that could lead to his participation in the World Cup in Brazil next year, Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour has been called to the Iranian national team for the first time.

The Quakes announced Monday that their starting right back will report to Iran's training camp for an Asian Cup qualifying game against Thailand on Oct. 15.

But first the Leland High-San Jose alum will play Wednesday night in a Major League Soccer showdown against the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Beitashour, who holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship, has vacillated between representing his two countries. The fullback has said he just wants to play in the World Cup. Like the United States, Iran already has qualified for the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Beitashour's chances with the U.S. national team appeared dim after he trained with the Americans in 2012 and again in January but did not appear in a game. Iran's Carlos Queiroz, who formerly coached the New York MetroStars, named Beitashour to a 27-man roster last week. If Beitashour, 26, plays next week in Tehran he would lose eligibility to compete for the United States under international rules.

College

The Stanford men's golf team holds an 11-stroke lead after two rounds of the Marquette Invitational at Erin Hills (Wis.) Golf Course. The Cardinal's Patrick Rodgers is tied for the individual lead at 4-under 140, and teammates Jim Liu and Cameron Wilson are one stroke back. Stanford's David Boote aced the par-3, 163-yard sixth hole in the second round. It was the first hole-in-one in competitive play in the eight-year history of Erin Hills.

  • Saint Mary's sophomore Maclayne Marr shot a 2-over par 146 and is tied for 13th place after the first two rounds at the Firestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club North Course in Akron, Ohio. The Gaels are eighth in the 17-team field, 16 shots behind leader Washington State.

  • All six Santa Clara men's golfers had improved scores, leading the team to a 20-shot improvement in the second round of the Cabo del Sol Intercollegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Broncos are eight shots out of second place heading into Tuesday's final round. USF leads the tournament by 13 strokes.

    Golf

    Renata Young of Walnut Creek defeated Angela Stewart of Greenville, N.C., 4 and 3 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship at the par-71 Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C. Young will take on Shirley Vaughn of Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday.

    Wire services contributed to this report.