Melanie Booth

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Melanie Booth
Melanie Booth 2007 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Melanie Lynn Booth
Date of birth (1984-08-24) August 24, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 University of Florida
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Toronto Inferno 13 (2)
2005 Toronto Lady Lynx 10 (7)
2006 Central Florida Krush 9 (3)
2008 Tampa Bay Hellenic 10 (0)
2009 Boston Renegades 10 (0)
2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (1)
2013 Sky Blue FC 3 (0)
Total 56 (13)
National team
2002 Canada U-19
2002–2013 Canada 65 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 17, 2013

Melanie Lynn Booth (born August 24, 1984) is a retired Canadian soccer player. She last played for Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League and for the Canada women's national soccer team.

Early life[edit]

Booth was born in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

University of Florida[edit]

Booth attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she played for coach Becky Burleigh's Florida Gators women's soccer team from 2003 to 2005, before sitting out the 2006 season due to national team commitments. She returned to Florida in 2007 to complete her collegiate career, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in applied physiology and kinesiology in 2008.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Sky Blue FC[edit]

On January 11, 2013, she joined Sky Blue FC in the new National Women's Soccer League.

International[edit]

Booth was 17 years old when she won her first cap with the Canadian national team on March 1, 2002, at the Algarve Cup (a 3–0 win over Scotland).

Booth earned 22 caps and scored three goals playing on the U-19 national team. She played every minute of Canada's six matches in the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, where Canada took the silver medal. She finished second with Canada at the 2006 Peace Queen Cup after a 0–1 loss to the United States in the final. She finished second with Canada at the 2006 CONCACAF Gold Cup after a 1–2 loss to the United States in the final.

She was a member of Canada's 2002 Algarve Cup and 2001 Nordic Cup teams.

Booth won a bronze medal with Canada at the 15th Pan American women's soccer tournament in July 2007 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2007, she represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup in China. She finished second with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament (where Canada qualified for the Summer Olympics). She scored her first goal during the 4–0 win over Jamaica.

In the 2011 Pan-American women's soccer tournament, Booth helped Canada win the gold medal game against the defending champions, Brazil, by scoring on a penalty kick after extra-time.[1]

Booth was named to the Canada squad for the 2012 London Olympics initially as an alternate. However, due to injuries to regular Canadian roster team players Emily Zurrer and Robyn Gayle, on Monday, July 30, 2012, the Canadian soccer coach officially added her to the team's official roster.[2][3] She was later awarded an Olympic medal atop the podium at Wembley Stadium.[4]

Booth stated, "I was standing next to Marie-Ève on the [Olympic] podium and I was the giddiest I had ever been. We were laughing about everything...Just being in Wembley in front of 60,000 people....After we got our medals (and bouquets), Marie-Ève said, 'I know these are just flowers but they're so beautiful.'"[5]

Booth retired from international and club soccer on November 13, 2013.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cecilia Carter-Smith (November 4, 2011). "Booth steps up to score golden goal in Pan Am shootout". TheSpec.com (Hamilton). Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Herb Garbutt (July 30, 2012). "Burlington's Booth added to Olympic soccer roster". Burlington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Don Bodger (August 12, 2012). "Bronze medal glory overwhelming for Zurrer". Cowichan News Leader Pictorial. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Herb Garbutt (August 15, 2012). "Olympic bronze a dream come true for Booth". Burlington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Herb Garbutt (August 15, 2012). "Olympic bronze a dream come true for Booth". Burlington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Bronze Medallist Melanie Booth announces retirement". Canada Soccer. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 

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