Wélton Araújo Melo
|Full name||Wélton Araújo Melo|
|Date of birth||April 17, 1975|
|Place of birth||Cambuci, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Midfielder|
|1996||New England Revolution||29||(3)|
|1997–1998||Los Angeles Galaxy||69||(28)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Wélton Araújo Melo (born April 17, 1975 in Cambuci, Rio de Janeiro) is a former Brazilian footballer who played professionally as either a forward or midfielder in South America, Europe and the United States, including five season in Major League Soccer.
In 1994, Welton began his professional career with Fluminense. In 1996, Major League Soccer invited him to a tryout where he was offered an MLS contract. The league then assigned him to the New England Revolution, where he was a 1996 MLS All Star. On March 10, 1997, New England traded Welton to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the Galaxy's first round pick in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft. On June 1, 1999, the Galaxy traded Welton to the MetroStars in exchange for Roy Myers. Later that day, the MetroStars sent Welton, Eric Wynalda and Arley Palacios to the Miami Fusion. In April 2001, Welton moved to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL A-League. In 2002, he played for Paraná and in 2003, he was with and Fredrikstad FK in Norway. On April 4, 2004, Welton moved to the Seattle Sounders of the USL First Division.
Melo currently resides in the Seattle area and plays on a local team.