Josue Soto Signs With MLS' Houston Dynamo
Jan. 19, 2011
HOUSTON (SMU) - The Houston Dynamo of Major League soccer has exercised the club's right to Dynamo Academy prospect and SMU midfielder Josue Soto under the MLS' home-grown player rule.
"It means a lot to go back to Houston," Josue Soto said. "My brother lives there. I love the city, I love the club, I love the fans. Since signing with the academy - this is a goal I've had for years. I'm happy I could achieve it."
Soto is one of four home-grown players to sign in Houston's history. Soto trained with the Dynamo first team in the summers of 2008 and 2010, missing 2009 due to injury. He becomes the first player in league history to be signed as a home-grown player after completing his collegiate eligibility.
"I've been with the team for the past three summers, training with them," Soto said. "It will definitely help me transition to the next level and to locker room. It's not going to be a new environment for me. The first summer I was there I was shy; I was sitting in corner, very quiet, and not talking to anyone. Now, I'm just going to be one more guy in the locker room."
Soto led the Mustangs in assists (7), and was third in goals (7) and points (21) this season. The senior sent SMU to the NCAA Quarterfinals after scoring the game's lone goal in the Mustangs' win over No. 12 William & Mary in the Round of 16. Soto tallied a total four game-winners on the year, including a penalty kick against then-No. 20 South Carolina. The midfielder had a five-game point-scoring streak (3 goals, 3 assists) Sept. 19-Oct. 6. For his efforts Soto was named to the NSCAA All-Region and C-USA Second Teams.
"Josue has been a great ambassador for SMU and the men's soccer team," head coach Tim McClements said. "We're extremely excited for Josue and his family. Josue has been a great player for us for two years after transferring in from Campbell. He's a very technical player, is very aware tactically and was a really big part of our success this year. The fact that Houston's getting him and already knows his qualities - they know his strength and weaknesses - it's a good fit."
Houston's training camp starts next week.