UCLA men's soccer assistant coach Eddie Soto has been named the new head coach of the University of San Francisco men's soccer program and will not return to the Bruins next season. Soto succeeds Erik Visser, who announced his retirement after 13 years as USF’s head coach, and will become the fifth head coach in the program’s history.
In his eight seasons at UCLA, Soto helped guide the Bruins to four Pac-12 Conference championships and eight NCAA Tournament berths, including three quarterfinal appearances and two trips to the College Cup (2006 and 2011). The Bruins also compiled a 44-6-10 conference record over the last six seasons. During Soto’s coaching tenure, 17 Bruin players were selected in the Major League Soccer draft, including seven first round picks.
In addition to his coaching duties at UCLA, Soto also served as the head coach of the U-18 Los Angeles Galaxy Academy team. He took over a last place Galaxy squad midway through the 2011 season and in just one year led the team to the U.S. Development Academy SoCal division title in 2012. Soto also helped coach the Galaxy U-17s to the 2011 Generation Adidas Cup championship and served as an assistant coach for the U-16 Galaxy Academy team that won the 2011 National Championship. Soto also served as the head coach of the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team, which participated in FIFA’s Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time since 1997.
"Eddie Soto is a fantastic choice to be the next head coach at University of San Francisco," said UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. “He brings a tremendous pedigree as a former player and a coach. During his time at UCLA, Eddie has a proven track record in managing all facets of a successful program. He is ready and excited to be the steward of the USF men’s soccer program."