Coach Eddie Soto Lost to UCLA

July 12, 2006

Westwood, Calif. - Eddie Soto has resigned his post as assistant men's soccer coach at Cal State Fullerton to take a similar post at UCLA, which announced his appointment today.

Soto returned to Cal State Fullerton in January to assist new Head Coach Bob Ammann. He previously was an assistant to Titan Coach Al Mistri from 2001 to 2003 but his position was eliminated in a budget cut. In 2004 and 2005 he was an assistant with the women's team at Long Beach State.

At UCLA, Soto will be reunited with Head Coach Jorge Salcedo, who was a teammate at Cerritos High School and with the U.S. Under-20 team.

Soto began his collegiate playing career at Chapman University but transferred to Fullerton where he became an All-American in 1992 and 1993. In the latter season, he led the Titans to the NCAA semifinals.

Soto remains the No. 2 scorer in Titans' history, totaling 96 points and 38 goals from 1992-94 and he still holds the single-season record for goals in a season with 18 in 1994.

A search for a replacement already has begun. Players are due to report to campus the first week of August and the season opener is Aug. 27 at San Jose State.