WOMEN'S SOCCER - CANADA

Headshot for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Rio

Headshot for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Rio

FULL NAME: Melissa Julie Palma Tancredi

HEIGHT & WEIGHT:  5'9 / 161

DATE OF BIRTH:  December 27, 1981

HOMETOWN & RESIDENCE: Ancaster, ON & Vancouver, BC

POSITION & #: Striker / #14

# OF YEARS ON THE CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: 2004 - 2017 (13) [Melissa took 2 years off to go back to school in 2012-2014] Will retire following friendly vs Mexico Feb 4, 2017

FAMILY:  Mom & Dad: Ann-Marie and Peter // Sister: Angela 

OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION AND MEDALS:

  • Bronze - RIO 2016  
  • Bronze - LONDON 2012
  • BEIJING 2008

WORLD CUP PARTICIPATION:

  • 2015 CANADA (Quarterfinalist) 
  • 2011 GERMANY (Group Stage)
  • 2007 CHINA (Group Stage)

PAN AMERICAN GAMES PARTICIPATION AND MEDALS:

  • Bronze - RIO 2007 

CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT:

  • Silver Medal - Houston, Texas - 2016 

CONCACAF TOURNAMENT:  

  • 2010 (Gold Medal)

CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM GAMES PLAYED:

  • 124 Senior International Caps as of September 1, 2016 (per Canada Soccer).  Her 100th cap was in a 1-0 win over England, in a friendly in Hamilton, ON at Tim Hortons Field on the eve of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • Melissa will play her final game for Canada vs Mexico, February 4, 2017 at BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM STARTS / GOALS & ASSISTS:  

  • 95 Starts
  • 27 Goals &
  • 20 Assists as of September 1, 2016

PRO EXPERIENCE:

  • 2016 - KIF Orebro (Sweden) 
  • 2014 & 2015 - Chicago Red Stars (National Women's Soccer League) (Rights acquired from Houston Dash),

previous pro stints include Pitea IF and Dalsjöfors GolF in Sweden, Vancouver Whitecaps and St Louis Athletica

EDUCATION:

  • University of Notre Dame (Anthropology and Pre-Medicine Studies) '04
  •  Logan College of Chiropractic '14

COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC HONORS:

  • First & Second Team All American 2003 & 2004
  • Big East Player of the Year 2003 & 2004

EQUIPMENT USED IN COMPETITION:

  • adidas

SOCIAL MEDIA:

ENDORSEMENTS:  

  • adidas Canada
  • USG - CGC
  • BioSteel

OLYMPIC NOTES: Canada's medal in London was the first in a team sport in the nation (Men or Women) since 1936 at the Summer Olympics.  Canada's 2nd consecutive team sports medal at Rio 2016, was the first for a Summer Olympic team since 1904 & 1908.  Melissa's 2 goals in a 2-1 victory over Germany at Rio 2016 in the round robin was the first win ever that Canada had over Germany in 22 years of Women's football play.

During Melissa's 3 Olympic Games she scored goals at each Olympiad

  • 2008 - 1 Goal
  • 2012 - 4 Goals
  • 2016 - 2 Goals

INTERNATIONAL NOTES:

  • She scored the 2nd fastest goal in FIFA Women's World Cup History with a goal in 37 seconds vs Australia in 2007.

PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN:

  • Canadian Olympic Team's support of the LGBT community in 2015