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Tony Beltran's Amazing Clearance


Tony Beltran Player Profile

Tony Beltran

  • DOB October 11, 1987
  • Age 26
  • Place of birth Claremont, California
  • POSITION Defender
  • HEIGHT 5'8"
  • WEIGHT 150
  • U.S. CAPS 3
  • CLUB Real Salt Lake
  • TWITTER @tonybeltran23 (121K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 64
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 64
  • Youth Experience U-20, U-23

Tony Beltran likes to go about his business quietly. In fact, he told the Salt Lake Tribune the one word he'd use to describe himself is "reserved." But Beltran's play—smart, solid defending on the right flank with an increased comfort in the attack—speaks for itself. And more people are beginning to notice.

Beltran grew up in Southern California but spent a year at St. John's University before returning to his home state and playing two seasons at UCLA. He jumped to MLS in 2008, going to Real Salt Lake as the third overall pick. He started 10 games the first season, 21 the next, and has since become a steady presence in the Real Salt Lake backline. Jason Kreis doesn't need to worry about the right side of the field because his young charge is out on an island, holding down the fort without much fanfare.

Ironically, the splashiest thing Beltran has been involved with wasn't even his doing. Cosmopolitan magazine picked him as one of MLS's hottest players. "When it came out, I didn't want to go to practice the next day," he said.

Beltran played for the U.S. U-20 side at the 2007 World Cup and the U-23 squad at the 2008 Toulon Tournament, but has not made an appearance on the senior level. That could change, however, as he continues to get better and the right people take notice. Beltran turns 25 in October 2012 and could receive a call to his first full national team camp in January 2013.—NOAH DAVIS

Noteworthy Reads

RSL Q&A with Tony Beltran (Salt Lake Tribune)
Real Salt Lake Defender Tony Beltran Experiences the Highs and Lows of Playoff Soccer (Salt Lake Tribune)