Former UCLA men's soccer coach
Jorge Salcedo reached an agreement with prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston and will plead guilty to the charge of conspiring to commit racketeering in connection with
the college athletics scandal that rocked the country in 2019.
In a letter dated April 13 to Salcedo's attorneys, prosecutors agreed to drop three other counts after the imposition of sentencing, and their recommendations to U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani included:
-- Imprisonment in the "low range" of the sentencing guidelines. (The Los Angeles Times reported that guideline range is 24-30 months in federal prison.)
-- Twelve months of supervised release;
-- Repayment of $200,000.
That sum is the amount Salcedo was accused of taking for helping Rick Singer, the consultant at the the bribery scandal that rocked college admissions, get one women's player and one men's player admitted into UCLA on made-up credentials as recruited athletes.
Salcedo, who resigned as men's soccer head coach after 15 years at his alma mater shortly after his indictment, was one of nine college coaches, including three former women's soccer coaches, indicted in the bribery scheme that involved dozens of wealthy parents trying to get their children who otherwise might not have gained admission to top-level universities admitted via athletic departments.
Salcedo captained the USA at the 1989 U.S. Under-17 World Cup and played for UCLA when it won the 1990 NCAA Division I title. He spent five years in MLS with the LA Galaxy, Chicago, Columbus and Tampa Bay. Under Salcedo, UCLA advanced to the NCAA Division I title game in 2006 and 2014.