Eddie Soto

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Eddie Soto
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-06-14) June 14, 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Artesia, California, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1991 Chapman University
1992–1994 Cal State Fullerton Titans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Montclair Standard Falcons
1995 Los Angeles Salsa U-23
1995 Los Angeles Salsa
1997–2000 Orange County Zodiac
National team
2006–2007 US Beach Soccer
Teams managed
1997 Long Beach City College (assistant)
2001–2003 Cal State Fullerton (assistant)
2004–2005 Long Beach State (assistant)
2006 Cal State Fullerton (assistant)
2006– UCLA Bruins (assistant)
2009– US Beach Soccer
2012– Los Angeles Galaxy Academy
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Eddie Soto (born June 14, 1972) was a U.S. soccer forward who spent five seasons in the USISL and has served as an assistant men’s and women’s collegiate soccer coach for eight seasons.


Soto played for the North Huntington Beach youth club, winning the 1991 James McGuire Trophy as the U.S. U-19 national champion.[1] He was also a member of the U-18 and U-20 national teams. In addition to his national team and club commitments, Soto attended Cerritos High School where he was a two time Parade Magazine high school All-American and the 1990 California 3A Player of the Year. Soto graduated from Cerritos in 1991 and entered Chapman University that fall.[2] He played one season at Chapman before transferring to Cal State Fullerton where he played from 1992 to 1994. He scored thirty-eight goals in his three seasons, earning second team All-American recognition in 1992.[3] His thirty-eight goals places him second on the school’s career goals list. He graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.


In 1994, Soto spent the collegiate off-season playing for the Montclair Standard Falcons of the USISL. In the spring of 1995, Soto signed with the Anaheim Splash of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, but the team released him before he entered a game. In June 1995, Soto signed with the Los Angeles Salsa U-23 in the USISL. In February 1996, the MetroStars of Major League Soccer selected Soto in the eighth round (79th overall) of the Inaugural Player Draft. The team waived him on March 26, 1996. Soto returned to Southern California where he played for U.S. Beach Soccer and worked as a machinist.[4] In 1997, he signed with the Orange County Zodiac of the USL A-League. In March 1998, the San Jose Clash selected Soto in the second round (23d overall) in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft. Once again, the team released him in the preseason. In 2000, the Zodiac was renamed the Wave. Soto left the Wave at the end of 2000 season and spent some time with the USA Pro Beach Soccer Team before retiring from playing.


In addition to playing, Soto also coached at the collegiate and youth soccer levels. In 1997, he was the assistant coach with the Long Beach City College women’s soccer team when they won the California State Championship.[5] In 2001, he was hired as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton. In 2004, he moved to Long Beach State as an assistant. On July 12, 2006, UCLA hired Soto as an assistant coach, but he also spent that season with Cal State Fullerton. On April 15, 2009, Soto also became the head coach of the United States national beach soccer team[6] In 2012, the Los Angeles Galaxy hired Soto to coach its U-18 Academy team. In January 2013, Soto became the head of the U-15 team.[7]


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