Steven Beitashour has gone from soccer Sundays in Saratoga to the 2014 World Cup.
Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz on Sunday named the San Jose native to his 24-player team. The coach added one player to the official 23-player roster because of concerns about injuries.
Beitashour, 27, learned to play with his older brother while playing against Iranian emigres on Sundays in a local park in Saratoga. He went on to star at San Jose-Leland High before attending San Diego State. The Earthquakes drafted their former ball boy in the second round of the 2010 Major League Soccer draft.
The right fullback was sent to the Vancouver Whitecaps in an offseason trade.
Beitashour, whose parents are Iranian emigrants, became an MLS all-star with the Earthquakes. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann called him into camp two years ago but the defender never appeared for the United States. As a result, he joined Team Melli last fall and became the only American for Iran.
Queiroz delayed his 23-player roster announcement Sunday while waiting for a medical assessment of defender Hashem Beykzadeh, who suffered a calf muscle injury in an exhibition against Montenegro. The final list must be announced Monday, but federation officials said even if Beykzadeh is declared fit his potential replacement Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh also will travel to Brazil.
Iran is considered the weak link in Group F with Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Nigeria.
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