Olympic Bronze medallist Melanie Booth retires from soccer

Melanie Booth (Photo: Soccer Canada)

Melanie Booth (Photo: Soccer Canada)

After 65 appearances for Canada’s Women’s National Team, veteran defender Melanie Booth has decided to call it a career and announced on Wednesday (Nov. 13) her retirement as an active soccer player from international and club duty.

Booth, a 29-year-old native of Burlington, ON, made her debut for Canada at the age of 17 on March 1, 2002 and was involved with the squad for many of its major achievements. She was a member of the team that won the silver medal at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2002 and also won silver medals at the 2002 and 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup.

But easily the greatest achievements of her career came over the past two years as she first was a member of the gold-medal winning team at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. She was then initially listed as an alternate on the roster for the 2012 London Olympics, but due to injuries on the roster, Booth was added to the team.

Though she never featured at the 2012 Olympics in London, she stood on the podium with a bronze medal around her neck at Wembley Stadium after that famous 1:0 win over France.

Of her 65 caps for Canada, 37 of those came as a starter. The lone goal she scored in a Canada strip came in the 88th minute of a 4:0 win over Jamaica at the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup/FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Qualifier on 22 November 2006.

After playing for the University of Florida Gators at the college level, Booth started her club career with the Toronto Lady Lynx. Among her other stops were the Vancouver Whitecaps and, most recently, Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.

She sat out the 2006 collegiate season due to commitments with the Canadian program, but returned to Gainesville, Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in applied physiology and kinesiology in 2008.

Booth first started playing soccer at just four years old at the Burlington Youth Soccer Club.