Melanie Booth

  •  5'8"
  • 08-24-1984
  •  Burlington, ONT
  •  Boston Renegades

Booth, 27, returns for her second season with Whitecaps FC after first playing for the club during the 2010 W-League season, making four appearances and scoring two goals – including a goal in the W-League semifinals to help Whitecaps FC qualify for the W-League championship final. Booth has also played for several other W-League teams in her career. In 2009, she made 10 appearances for Eastern Conference club Boston Renegades, while in 2008 she made 10 appearances for Tampa Bay Hellenic. From 2003 to 2005, the Burlington, Ontario, native played for Toronto Lady Lynx, including 2005 when she scored seven goals and recorded two assists in 10 appearances.

Collegiately, Booth had an outstanding career playing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer at the University of Florida. In her four seasons of action, she was a three-time All-American, earning the accolade in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Additionally, she was also named to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) First Team in 2005, to the All-SEC Second Team in 2003 and 2004, and was on the All-SEC Freshman team in 2003.

Internationally, Booth has started 37 of her 62 appearances for Canada, scoring one goal and recording four assists. During the 2012 Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament at BC Place in January, Booth started two of her three appearances, helping the Red and White to a silver medal and a spot at this summer’s 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. On the youth level, Booth represented Canada with the U-20 national team.

2010: Booth appeared in four games for the blue and white in 2010. Where she contributed two goals for the 'Caps down the stretch drive into the W-League Championship series. 2009: The defender played for the former W-League Eastern Conference club Boston Renegades. Booth made 10 appearances for the Renegades for 858 minutes of action. 2008: The Burlington, Ontario, native appeared in 10 games for the Tampa Bay Hellenic for 799 minutes of action. 2006: Booth played for the Orlando Krush of the USL W-League in the 2006 season. 2005: The defender appeared in 10 games for the Toronto Lady Lynx where she tallied on seven goals and two assists. 2004: Booth played for the Toronto Lady Lynx in the 2004 season. 2003: The University of Florida product started her USL W-League career with her hometown team, the Toronto Lady Lynx.

2007: Booth started 17 of the 18 matches she played in registering one goal and two assists in her time on the pitch. Booth earned, Southeastern Conference (SEC) defensive player of the week once in her senior season for the Gators. 2006: The University of Florida product redshirted this season for the Gators due to her national team commitments. 2005: The defender started all 20 of her appearances for the gators tallying five goals and three assists. Booth had such a successful season for the Gators she was named to the All-SEC first team and an All-American. 2004: In her sophomore season Booth started all 24 of her appearances for the University of Florida and contributed two goals and five assists. The defender was named an All-American and to the All-SEC second team. 2003: The Burlington, Ontario, native started in all 25 of her appearances where she tallied 11 assists. Booth was named an All-American, to the All-SEC second team and to the All-SEC freshman team.

An integral part of the Canadian women’s national team, Booth has made 62 appearances, scoring one goal and adding four assists. Her international honours with Canada include finishing second at the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in the United States, and a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The experienced defender also represented Canada at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. The Ontario product appeared in three games for team Canada at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic qualifying in Vancouver. U-19: Booth earned a silver medal during her country’s hosting of the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. U-20: Booth played in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying where she started one of the four games she appeared in. The defender then started all six of Canada's matches for a total of 600 minutes for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.