Steven "Mehrdad" Beitashour American-Iranian professional soccer player has been courted by Team Melli for sometime.
Carlos Queiroz and Omid Namazi combined to persuade him to make a commitment to Team Melli Iran , although the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, has been invited to Team USA by Jürgen Klinsmann to represent USA. After twice being invited and not making his debut , Mehrdad finally selected Iran.
His first camp was the AFC Asian Cup qualifying was the Thailand match in October 2013
In January 2014 Beitasour moved to the Vancouver Whitecaps.