Jafet Soto

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Jafet Soto
Personal information
Full name Jafet Soto Molina
Date of birth (1976-11-25) November 25, 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Herediano
1995–1998 Morelia 67 (10)
1998 Atlas 21 (3)
1998–1999 Pachuca 30 (2)
1999–2000 Puebla 33 (14)
2000–2001 Tecos 28 (9)
2001 Morelia 1 (0)
2002 Puebla 15 (2)
2003 Herediano
2003–2004 Puebla 16 (3)
2004–2006 Herediano 58 (4)
2006 Real Salt Lake 8 (1)
2007–2009 Herediano 48 (7)
National team
1994–2005 Costa Rica 63 (10)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Herediano
2012 Pérez Zeledón
2012–2013 Costa Rica U20
2014– Herediano
2014– Costa Rica (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Soto and the second or maternal family name is Molina.

Jafet Soto Molina (born November 25, 1976) is a Costa Rican football (soccer) coach and retired player who played for Herediano and other teams.

Club career[edit]

In Costa Rica, Soto has only played for Herediano, where he is considered an idol by local fans. He left the club for a 10-year spell in the Mexican premier league, and played for teams such as Puebla[1] (three stints), Monarcas Morelia[2] (twice),[3] Atlas, Pachuca[4] and Tecos UAG.[5]

In summer 2006, Soto joined Major League Soccer outfit Real Salt Lake[6] and after several months in Salt Lake, Soto went back to his country Costa Rica, where he returned at Herediano as captain of this team. He announced his retirement in November 2008[7] and he played his final game was played on January 17, 2009 against Brujas where he scored a goal in the 19th minute that made Herediano win the match 1-0. He was substituted himself after scoring the goal.[8]

International career[edit]

Soto played in the U-20 Football World Youth Championship held in Qatar in 1995[9]

He made his senior debut for Costa Rica in a January 1994 friendly match against Norway[10] and earned a total of 63 caps, scoring 10 goals.[11] He represented his country in 21 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[9] but injuries and bad luck came his way and denied him of playing in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[12] He played at the 1999,[13] 2001 UNCAF Nations Cups[14] and 2005 UNCAF Nations Cups[15] as well as at the 2000[16] and 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cups[17] and the 1997 Copa América.[18]

His final international was an October 2005 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Guatemala.

Managerial career[edit]

In September 2011, Soto became Herediano's administrative manager. In May 2012 he took charge at Pérez Zeledón,[19] only to leave them in August that year to take over at the Costa Rica U20s.[20] In 2013, he became sports director of Herediano.

In August 2014, Soto returned at the helm at Herediano.[21]


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