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LAFC's Zimmerman called to U.S. national team, Beitashour cut by Iran

LAFC's Zimmerman called to U.S. national team, Beitashour cut by Iran

Defender Walker Zimmerman of the Los Angeles Football Club was named to the U.S. national team on Sunday, and his teammate Steven Beitashour was reportedly cut from the preliminary 35-man roster for Iran’s World Cup team without ever leaving the West Coast.

Beitashour, who was on the Iranian team in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but did not appear in a game, had been called up just once by Iran in the last four years. However he has been playing well for LAFC and had been in regular communication with the team’s coaching staff. He had been expected to leave LAFC this week for the first of three World Cup tune-ups before coach Carlos Queiroz trimmed his roster to 24 players.

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