|Full name||Josue Soto|
|Date of birth||January 3, 1989|
|Place of birth||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2012||→ San Antonio Scorpions (loan)||24||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 21, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Soto trained with the Houston Dynamo first team in the summers of 2008 and 2010, but he missed 2009 due to injury. He led the Dynamo Academy to the final of 2007 Dallas Cup, where the team lost in a penalty shootout. Soto was the second player to sign with the Dynamo Academy in its first month of existence, and he was announced on January 29, 2007, as one of two permitted players not residing in Dynamo's home territory. He stayed with his brother in Houston while training and competing with the Academy.
College and Amateur
Soto split his collegiate career between Campbell in 2007-08 and Southern Methodist University in 2009-10. In 2008, he led Campbell and the Atlantic Sun Conference with 11 assists in 18 games. In 2007, Soto helped Campbell win Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and advance to the NCAA tournament as a true freshman. He was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year, first team all-Atlantic Sun, and to Atlantic Sun all-freshman team. Soto was also named to all-South region third team by NSCAA and a second team freshman all-America by College Soccer News. He started all 22 games and notched eight goals and six assists, ranking in top five in conference in six different categories. Soto earned MVP honors at the Richmond Challenge Cup. He also scored opening penalty kick in 5-4 championship game shootout win over Jacksonville after 1-1 tie. Soto led Campbell with five of 12 shots in 2-0 NCAA tournament loss at No. 20 ranked Furman.
The following year, he overcame pre-season injury to appear in 14 games with two goals and three assists in his first season at SMU after transferring from Campbell. He ranked fourth nationally with 0.61 assists per game. Soto scored a goal and added two assists against Belmont in the Atlantic Sun semifinals, Campbell's school-record 12th consecutive win. He scored a penalty kick goal and had two assists in Atlantic Sun Conference championship game against Jacksonville, but Campbell fell to a 4-3 defeat and failed to make the NCAA tournament.
In 2010, Soto was named a second team NSCAA all-Midwest region and second team all-Conference USA while leading SMU to NCAA quarterfinals. He led Mustangs with seven assists and scoerd seven goals, including a team-high four game-winners. Soto scored opening penalty kick in shootout win against Creighton in NCAA tournament second round. He had a shot from the top of the penalty area in the 11th minute to give SMU a 1-0 win over William & Mary in the third round. However, the Mustangs lost to No. 4 nationally ranked seed North Carolina in shootout in the NCAA quarterfinals.
On January 19, 2011, Soto signed with Houston Dynamo as the clubs third homegrown player. As a rookie, Soto did not appear in a competitive match. In the US Open Cup, he did not appear either. He made his first professional appearance with first team as a substitute in 2-0 Dynamo Charities Cup loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on July 20, 2011. He also came on as a substitute in a 3-0 friendly win on September 4 against Monterrey, the club he grew up cheering for. As a reserve, he was one of two players to start all 10 matches for Dynamo Reserves, mostly in midfield but also at left back, contributing two assists. Soto had both assists with pinpoint delivery in 3-2 loss against FC Dallas on May 29, 2011.
On April 5, 2012, Soto joined NASL club San Antonio Scorpions on a month-long loan. Two days later, he made his professional debut in the clubs inaugural match against the Atlanta Silverbacks which ended in a 0-0 draw. Soto was released in early 2013 by Houston.
He is a former United States youth international player. Soto attended United States under-18 national team camp in Carson, California.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2008||Carolina Dynamo||USL Premier Development League||6||0||—||—||—||6||0|
|2011||Houston Dynamo||Major League Soccer||0||0||0||0||—||—||0||0|
|San Antonio Scorpions (loan)||North American Soccer League||24||2||0||0||1||0||—||25||2|
Soto was born in Fort Worth, but moved to Monterrey, Mexico, at the age of one. His parents are Rogelio and Ruth Soto, and he has a brother named Daniel, a sister-in-law called Veronica and niece named Isabella, who live in Katy, Texas. Soto led Prepa Tec Monterrey to the 2005 private high school championship in Mexico. He has played with the ODP South Texas State and Region III teams since 2005. Soto was named MVP of the 2005 Lone Star Showcase while playing with the Region III ODP squad.
- 2008 Carolina Dynamo stats
- "Josue Soto Signs With MLS' Houston Dynamo". Conference USA (C-USA network). 19 January 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Dynamo midfielder Josue Soto loaned to San Antonio Scorpions". Houston Dynamo (Houston Dynamo Communications). 5 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "Silverbacks Draw 0-0 in Opener". nasl.com (North American Soccer League). 7 April 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- Dynamo waive Soto
- "Orozco and Soto sign with Chivas USA". Major League Soccer. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.