Todd Saldana

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Todd Saldana
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-01-15) January 15, 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Redondo Beach, California, United States
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1981 Los Angeles Aztecs 5 (0)
1980–1981 Los Angeles Aztecs (indoor) 11 (3)
1982 San Jose Earthquakes 4 (0)
1982–1983 Tulsa Roughnecks 13 (1)
1982–1983 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor)
1984–1985 Fort Lauderdale Sun
1987 Los Angeles Heat
1989 California Kickers
National team
1981 U.S. U-20
Teams managed
1989–1994 UCLA Bruins (assistant)
1995–1996 Cal Poly Pomona (men)
1995–1996 Cal Poly Pomona (women)
1997 Loyola Marymount Lions (men)
1998 UCLA Bruins (women)
1999–2001 UCLA Bruins (men)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Todd Saldana is a retired American soccer midfielder. He played four seasons in the North American Soccer League, two in the United Soccer League and two in the Western Soccer Alliance. He was a member of the United States U-20 men's national soccer team the at the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship and has coached at the collegiate level including three seasons as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins men's soccer team.


Club career[edit]

Saldana graduated from South Torrance High School where he was a 1978 Third Team High School All American soccer player.[1] In 1980, the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League drafted Saldana out of high school. He played five games for the Aztecs over two seasons before being sent to the San Jose Earthquakes for the 1982 season. In May 1982, the Earthquakes traded Saldana, two draft choices and cash to the Tulsa Roughnecks in exchange for Joe Morrone, Jr.[2] He played two outdoor seasons and one indoor season with Tulsa. In 1984, he signed with the Fort Lauderdale Sun of the United Soccer League.[3] He played twenty-one games and scored three goals as the Sun won the league championship.[4] In 1985, he returned to the team, now known as the South Florida Sun, but the league collapsed after six games. In 1987, he played for the Los Angeles Heat of the Western Soccer Alliance.[5] In 1989, he played for the California Kickers, also of the WSA.[6]

National team[edit]

In 1981, Saldana played two games for United States U-20 men's national soccer team the at the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship.[7]


From 1989 to 1994, Saldana served as an assistant coach with the UCLA Bruins. In 1995, he was hired as head coach of Cal Poly Pomona before moving to the Loyola Marymount Lions in 1997 where he had a 6–9–1 season. In 1998, he was hired as the UCLA women's soccer coach and took the team to a 17–4–1 record. In May 1999, he moved over to become the head coach of the men's program.[8] Over three seasons, he compiled a 43–17–4 but was forced to resign after the university discovered that he had not completed his undergraduate degree.[9]


  1. ^ 1978 High School All Americans
  2. ^ Roughnecks Trade Top Rookie to Earthquakes The Daily Oklahoman – Wednesday, May 19, 1982
  3. ^ SUN SIGNS THREE PLAYERS, INCLUDING EX-MIRAMAR STAR Miami Herald, The (FL) – Wednesday, May 2, 1984
  4. ^ SUN SIGNS SALDANA , MCCUTCHEON Miami Herald, The (FL) – Saturday, April 20, 1985
  5. ^ 1987 Los Angeles Heat
  6. ^ 1989 California Kickers
  7. ^ FIFA player profile
  8. ^ Todd Saldana Named UCLA Head Men's Soccer Coach
  9. ^ SOCCER; Canadian Goalie Comes Up Short

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