In the history of Major League Soccer, few players have played their entire careers with just one team. With the announcement on Tuesday that Tony Beltran will return to Real Salt Lake for a 12th season, he ensures that he remains on that elite list of one-club players.
He currently ranks seventh in starts on the all-time list of players to suit up for only one club throughout their MLS careers.
All-Time Leaders, Starts for Only One Club
CJ Brown, Chicago Fire – 290
Cobi Jones, LA Galaxy – 281
Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders FC – 266
Logan Pause, Chicago Fire – 253
Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City – 251
Wade Barrett, San Jose Earthquakes/Houston Dynamo – 234*
Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake – 230
Diego Chara, Portland Timbers – 230
*The San Jose Earthquakes relocated to Houston prior to the 2006 season.