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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 national women's soccer team.

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 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Booth was born in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

University of Florida[edit]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 appliedphysiology and kinesiology in 2008.

Playing career[edit]Edit

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Sky Blue FC[edit]Edit

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

International[edit]Edit

Booth was 17 years old when she won her first cap with the Canada national women's soccer 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 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship matches. Canada took the U-19 Women's World Cup silver medal. She won a silver medal with Canada at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002 and 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 Football 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 Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament (Canada qualified for the Summer Olympics). She scored her first goal during the World Cup Qualifying tournament in a 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 Zurrer and 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-Eve 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-Eve said, 'I know these are just flowers but they’re so beautiful.'"[5]

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

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