Diego Soto Drafted By MISL's California Cougars

Stockton, Calif. - San Jose State University men’s soccer standout Diego Soto was selected in the second round of the 2007 Major Indoor Soccer League College Draft by the California Cougars.

Soto, a midfielder, was the 19th player chosen overall and the fourth among six selections in all by the Cougars. The other five additions, like Soto, are all players from California universities, with four field players and one goalkeeper.

This is the second straight year in which the Cougars have selected a San Jose State men’s soccer player. The franchise made former Spartan Nelson Diaz the 16th pick in the 2006 draft.

In two seasons with the San Jose State men’s soccer program following a transfer from Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif., Soto was a two-year letterwinner and 2006 team tri-captain. He earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorable mention as a junior in 2005 and first-team All-MPSF distinction as a senior in 2006. Known more as a defensive stalwart in midfield rather than an offensive player, the King City, Calif., native notched his only collegiate point with an assist late in the 2006 campaign, against ninth-ranked University of New Mexico.

Soto was voted by teammates as the “Most Valuable Player” at the conclusion of the 2006 season. He started all 15 games in which he played. Soto was a “Coaches’ Award” recipient in 2005, when he started all 18 games in which he saw action, of the 19 that SJSU played.

The California Cougars made their competitive debut in November, 2005, with the beginning of their first 30-game regular season. Located in Stockton, Calif., they play their home games at the state-of-the-art Stockton Arena, which opened to the public in December, 2005. The Cougars are currently coached by Bernie Lilavois.