Former UCLA soccer coach Jorge Salcedo agrees to guilty plea in college admissions case

Former UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has agreed to plead guilty of conspiracy to commit racketeering in his involvement in the college admissions scandal, according to a plea agreement released Tuesday through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

Salcedo admitted to have received $200,000 in bribes to facilitate admission of two UCLA students.

With a plea hearing not yet scheduled, the plea agreement states prosecutors will recommend a sentence at the low end of sentencing guidelines, one year of supervised release, a fine, forfeiture of $200,000 and restitution.

Salcedo, 47, coached UCLA for 15 years starting in 2004. Before resigning in March 2019, he was the second-longest tenured men’s soccer coach in UCLA history. As coach, Salcedo led the Bruins to four Pac-12 titles, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation six times.

In 2016, Salcedo, along with William Singer and former USC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, agreed to facilitate the admission of the daughter of Davina and Bruce Isackson to UCLA as a purported women’s soccer recruit. The Isacksons paid Singer $250,000 for the fraudulent admission, while Salcedo received $100,000 from the payment for his involvement.

Again, in 2018, Salcedo orchestrated another deal with Singer and Khosroshahin. Salcedo agreed to pretend to recruit the son of Xiaoning Sui to the UCLA men’s soccer team – despite Sui’s son not playing soccer competitively. The Bruins coach accepted a $100,000 bribe from Singer, while Sui paid Singer $400,000 for the arrangement.

Singer, Khosroshahin, Davina and Bruce Isackson, and Sui have pleaded guilty for their involvement in the scandal. In total, 37 of the 53 defendants charged with involvement in the case have pleaded guilty. Most notable of those who have not pleaded guilty is longtime actress Lori Loughlin. Loughlin, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli, are set to stand trial on Oct 5.

Singer, the defendant at the center of the admission scandal, pleaded guilty in March 2019 for racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the US and obstruction of justice. The government recommended a sentence of incarceration at the low end of the sentencing guideline ranges, three years of supervised release and fine and forfeiture.

The plea agreement states a charge of racketeering conspiracy can result in a sentence up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss.