HOW ACQUIRED: Selected No. 12 overall in 2020 SuperDraft.
The young center back broke out in 2020, with the 23-year-old starting his first nine MLS matches, showing a glimpse of the poise necessary to have a long MLS run.
COLLEGE: Beason was a four-year starter for the Cardinal. During his storied collegiate career, he was an NCAA National Champion three times (2015; 2016; 2017), First Team All-American twice (2018; 2019), First Team All-Pac-12 twice (2017; 2018), and the Pac-12 Player of the Year once (2018). He was also among 15 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists in both 2018 and 2019 as the nation’s top collegiate player. He finished his time at Stanford with 20 goals and 11 assists in 81 appearances, all of which were starts. After redshirting as a true freshman in 2015, Beason started every match for Stanford over the next three years. He was used at left back in 2016 and 2017 before swiftly replacing top SuperDraft selection Tomas Hilliard-Arce at center back the following season. He made 35 starts across 2018-19 at center back, earning Pac-12 Player of the Year honors in 2018 and First Team All-America honors both years.