Melvin Tarley

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Melvin Tarley
Personal information
Full name Duncan Tarley
Date of birth (1982-10-31) October 31, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Chaspel FC
2002–2003 Alliance FC 14 (22)
2003–2005 Minnesota Thunder 63 (16)
2005–2006 Real Salt Lake 9 (1)
2006 Colorado Rapids 3 (0)
2006–2007 Minnesota Thunder 18 (5)
2007 Puerto Rico Islanders 14 (3)
2007 Miami FC 2 (0)
2008–2009 Minnesota Thunder 54 (18)
2012 Phnom Penh Crown 5 (3)
2013 DSK Shivajians F.C.
National team
2004– Liberia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 22, 2010.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 13, 2009

Duncan "Melvin" Tarley (born October 31, 1982) is a Liberian footballer, currently without a club.



Tarley first came to prominence in 2005, during Minnesota Thunder's run to the semi finals of the 2005 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Tarley scored six goals in the competition - including four against Real Salt Lake - to tie as the tournament's top goalscorer.

Tarley's first appearance in Major League Soccer came with Real Salt Lake in 2005. The Colorado Rapids acquired Tarley’s rights from Real Salt Lake in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft on August 15, 2006,[1] but he was waived by the Rapids at the end of the 2006 season having appeared in just three games. He returned to the Minnesota Thunder of the USL-1 for one season, prior to joining the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2007, and later moving on to Miami FC, also in 2007.

Tarley re-joined Minnesota Thunder in 2008.[2] On March 22, 2010 he signed with NSC Minnesota Stars.


At the time of Tarley's selection for the Liberian U-21 national team in 1998, he was the youngest player in team history, only 14 years old. He played his first game for the senior national team in 2004.


Tarley's football hero during his youth in Liberia was George Weah, while his current favorite player is Thierry Henry.[3]


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