Wélton Araújo Melo

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Full name Wélton Araújo Melo
Date of birth (1975-04-17) April 17, 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Cambuci, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker / Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Fluminense
1995 Flamengo
1995 América (RJ)
1996 New England Revolution 29 (3)
1997–1998 Los Angeles Galaxy 69 (28)
1999–2000 Miami Fusion 46 (12)
2001 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 25 (6)
2002 Paraná
2003 Fredrikstad FK 24 (5)
2004–2005 Seattle Sounders 48 (14)
National team
1995 Brazil (youth) 1 (0)
* 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.

Club career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] In April 2001, Welton moved to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL A-League.[3] 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.[4]

Melo currently resides in the Seattle area and plays on a local team.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Welton played once for the Brazil youth team at the 1995 Pan American Games, against Bermuda.[5]


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