Former Aztec Duo Called to USMNT Camp
Jan. 8, 2013
CHICAGO - Former San Diego State men's soccer standouts Steve Beitashour and Tally Hall were two of 25 players named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced over the weekend. The 25 players reported to camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif., on Monday.
The Aztec duo, along with the other 23 national team members, will train together until Jan. 27, when it departs for Houston in advance of the team's first match of 2013 against Canada on Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT and fans can watch on ESPN2 or WatchESPN.
Beitashour is one of nine defenders on the squad and Hall is one of three goalkeepers. Both play in the MLS with Beitashour playing for the San Jose Earthquakes and Hall earning time in net for the Houston Dynamo, a team that reached the MLS Cup.
Beitashour, a 2012 MLS All-Star, was the No. 30 selection in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, which marks the highest draft pick in San Diego State men's soccer history. The Leland High grad garnered honorable mention all-Pac-10 accolades in 2009, becoming one of the top 1-v-1 defenders in the conference in the process. He also added a career-high tying three assists that season. Over his career, Beitashour had eight points, all coming on assists, and 33 shot attempts. Beitashour also shined in the classroom after being named to the 2009 Pac-10 All-Academic Team as an honorable mention selection.
Hall was a standout for the Aztecs from 2003-06, earning All-America honors each of his final two seasons. A two-time Pac-10 first-team selection and NSCAA all-Far West honoree, Hall was named an Academic All-American in 2006 after his senior campaign. In 2005, Hall set program single-season records in shutouts (12) and goals against average (0.49) as SDSU made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 16 years.