UCLA assistant Eddie Soto leads U.S. team to CONCACAF Championship.
Arena leaves UCLA to become the fifth head coach at Florida International.
Fifth-year senior served as backup for three years before becoming Bruins' starting goalkeeper.
Men's Soccer vs. Oregon State; October 5, 2012; UCLA 1, Oregon State 0
Former Cal State Fullerton All-American Eddie Soto is in his seventh season as UCLA assistant coach and his 12th season overall as an NCAA Division I coach. In his first season at UCLA, he helped guide the Bruins to the NCAA College Cup finals, and in the last five seasons, the Bruins have won the Pac-12 title four times, advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals three times, and advanced to the College Cup in 2011. Since Soto started coaching at UCLA in 2006, 17 players have been selected in the MLS draft, including seven first rounders.
In addition to coaching at UCLA, Soto is also the head coach of the U-18 LA Galaxy Academy team. He took over a last place Galaxy squad midway through the 2011 season, and in just one year led them to the U.S. Development Academy SoCal division title in 2012. Soto coached three U-18 Galaxy Academy players, Jack McBean, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal, to homegrown contracts with the Galaxy as well. Soto also helped coach the Galaxy U-17s to the 2011 Generation adidas Cup championship and was previously an assistant coach for the U-16 Galaxy Academy team that won the 2011 National Championship. In addition to coaching at UCLA and the LA Galaxy Academy, Soto is also the head coach of the U.S. Beach Soccer National Team.
Soto was the assistant coach for the men's team at Cal State Fullerton from 2001-03 and was hired again as the lead assistant in 2006. He was also the lead assistant for the women's team at Long Beach State from 2004-05 and the head assistant at Long Beach City College in 1997 when the women's team won its first championship. Soto also has vast experience coaching at the club level, totaling 13 years as a coach in the prestigious Coast Soccer League. He coached former UCLA All-Americans Zach Wells and Matt Taylor at Irvine Strikers and also coached the NHB futbol club for five years.
An All-American at Cal State Fullerton in 1992 and 1993, Soto is the No. 2 scorer in Titan history, totaling 96 points and 38 goals from 1992-94. He still holds the single-season record for goals in a season with 18, set in 1994. In 1993, he led the Titans to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in school history. His team also advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1994. In 2007, Soto was named to the MPSF 15-Year Anniversary first team.
Upon graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 1995 with a B.A. in Kinesiology, Soto was selected in the initial MLS Draft in 1996 by the NY/NJ MetroStars and again in the supplemental draft in 1998 by the San Jose Clash. He also played for the Orange County Zodiac of the A-League, the Los Angeles Cobras of the USISL and ended his career with the USA Pro Beach Soccer Team.
The Cerritos native was a two-time Parade All-American and the 1990 CIF 3-A Player of the Year at Cerritos HS, where he was teammates with UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo. He was also a member of the NHB futbol club that won the 1991 National Championship and a member of the U.S. U-18 and U-20 National Teams.
Soto, who has a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License, resides in Seal Beach with his wife, Stephanie, and his children, Fabrizio, Wyatt and Isabela.
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