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Melissa Tancredi
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Personal information
Full name Melissa Palma Julie Tancredi
Date of birth December 27, 1981 (1981-12-27) (age 39)
Place of birth Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Detroit Jaguars 10 (2)
2005–2006 Atlanta Silverbacks 15 (7)
2007 Jersey Sky Blue 2 (0)
2007 River Cities Futbol Club 0 (0)
2009 Saint Louis Athletica 14 (0)
2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 9 (5)
2011 Piteå IF 8 (2)
2012 Dalsjöfors GoIF 5 (2)
2014–2015 Chicago Red Stars 21 (5)
2016 KIF Örebro DFF 16 (8)
Total 172 (31)
National team
2004–2017 Canada 125 (27)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 7, 2016.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 23, 2019

Melissa Palma Julie Tancredi (born December 27, 1981) is a Canadian retired soccer forward who played for the Canada women's national soccer team. She won an Olympic bronze medal as a participating member of Canada's national team at the 2012 Olympics when Canada defeated France 1–0 in the bronze medal match on August 9, 2012. Tancredi's nickname is "Tanc".

Early life

Tancredi was born in Ancaster, Ontario, to parents Peter and Ann-Marie Tancredi, her father being Italian-born from Ascoli Piceno. She began playing soccer at age four. She played soccer, volleyball, and track at Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Ontario. She was named soccer MVP and senior athlete of the year during her senior year.

Tancredi played for the under-19 provincial team and Burlington Sting club program. She helped the Burlington Sting win the Canadian title and Ontario Cup and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Burlington Sting in 1999.

College

Tancredi attended the University of Notre Dame in the U.S. from 2000 to 2004 where she majored in anthropology and pre-medicine studies. She played on the school's soccer team, but she was sidelined her first year due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

In 2003, Tancredi was named First Team All-American, Second Team All-American, NSCAA Second Team All-Region, Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and First Team All-Big East Conference. She was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.

In 2004, Tancredi returned to Notre Dame after being awarded a fifth year of eligibility and was named as tri-captain. She helped lead the Irish to the NCAA National Championship and was named First Team All-American, Second Team All-American, First Team All-Big East, and Big East Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season.

Playing career

Club

In 2004, Tancredi played with the Detroit Jaguars in the W-League, scoring two goals and providing two assists in ten games played. From 2005 to 2006, she played for the Atlanta Silverbacks Women in the W-League and was named to the 2005 W-League All-League team.

In 2009, Tancredi played for the Saint Louis Athletica in the Women's Professional Soccer league. In 2010, she joined the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the W-League and led the team with six goals and two assists, The team was undefeated in the regular season and had a spot in the W-League's final four.

In 2011, Tancredi was a member of the Piteå IF in Sweden. In 2012, she played with the Swedish team Dalsjöfors GoIF. In 2014, she was allocated to the expansion Houston Dash by Canadian national team coach John Herdman, but was traded to the Chicago Red Stars for fellow Canadian international Erin McLeod before the Dash's expansion draft.

International

Tancredi was a member of the Canadian U19 national team and trained in British Columbia with the U20 national team in 2000. She was also a member of the 1999 national 'B' training team.

Tancredi made her debut with Canada as a central back, starting in all five games of the 2004 Olympic qualifying tournament in Costa Rica. Canada had 6–0 wins over Jamaica and Panama, two wins over Costa Rica (2–1, 4–0), and a 2–1 loss to Mexico that cost the Canadians a spot at the Olympic Games. Tancredi had previously been invited to play with the Canadian national team at the 2000 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Tancredi was part of the Canadian CONCACAF Gold Cup team that finished second to the United States. In 2007, Tancredi scored the second-fastest goal in World Cup history (just 37 seconds from the start of the September game against Australia) in her first game at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China.

Tancredi won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. She played for 199 minutes (starting three games) at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. She was part of the bronze medal-winning teams at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, scoring four goals in the London games and two in the Rio games.

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments

Tancredi competed for team Canada in three World Cup final tournaments: 2007, 2011 and 2015; and three Olympics: Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. At these tournaments, she played in 24 matches and scored 8 goals. She and her teammates won bronze medals at both the London and Rio Olympics. Tancredi scored both goals in a 2–1 win against Germany on the third match day of the 2016 Rio Olympics to put Canada at the top of their group.

Key (expand for notes on “world cup and olympic goals”)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain

Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Result The final score.

W – match was won
L – match was lost to opponent
D – match was drawn
(W) – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
(L) – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
Goal Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
China 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
1 2007-09-12 Hangzhou Flag of Norway.svg Norway 45.

off 46' (on Wilkinson)

1–2 L

Group stage
1 2 2007-09-20 Chengdu Flag of Australia.svg Australia 68.

off 68' (on Robinson)

1 1–0

2–2 D

Group stage
Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
3 2008-08-06 Tianjin Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 42.

off 42' (on Robinson)

2–1 W

Group stage
2 4 2008-08-12 Beijing Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Start 63 1–2

1–2 L

Group stage
5 2008-08-15 Shanghai Flag of the United States.svg United States 45.

off 46' (on Timko)

1–2 aet L

Quarter-final
Germany 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
6 2011-06-26 Berlin Flag of Germany.svg Germany 80.

off 80' (on Timko)

1–2 L

Group stage
7 2011-06-30 Bochum Flag of France.svg France 31.

on 60' (off Julien)

0–4 L

Group stage
8 2011-07-05 Dresden Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria 84.

off 84' (on Robinson)

0–1 L

Group stage
London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
3 9 2012-07-25 Coventry Flag of Japan.svg Japan Start 55 1–2

1–2 L

Group stage
4 10 2012-07-28 Coventry Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 87.

off 87' (on Timko)

7 1–0

3–0 W

Group stage
5 11 2012-07-31 Newcastle Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Start 43 1–2

2–2 D

Group stage
6 83 2–2
12 2012-08-03 Coventry Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Start

2–0 W

Quarter-final
13 2012-08-06 Manchester Flag of the United States.svg United States Start

3–4 aet L

Semi-final
14 2012-08-09 Coventry Flag of France.svg France 77.

off 77' (on Timko)

1–0 W

Bronze medal match
Canada 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
15 2015-06-06 Edmonton Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China PR 77.

off 77' (on Leon)

1–0 W

Group stage
16 2015-06-11 Edmonton Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Start

0–0 D

Group stage
17 2015-06-15 Montreal Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 61.

on 60' (off Fleming)

1–1 D

Group stage
18 2015-06-21 Vancouver Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 69.

off 69' (on Filigno)

1–0 W

Round of 16
19 2015-06-27 Vancouver Flag of England.svg England 71.

off 71' (on Leon)

1–2 L

Quarter-final
Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
20 2016-08-03 Sao Paulo Flag of Australia.svg Australia 23.

off 23' (on Quinn)

2–0 W

Group stage
21 2016-08-06 Sao Paulo Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 61.

off 61' (on Rose)

3–1 W

Group stage
7 22 2016-08-09 Brasilia Flag of Germany.svg Germany Start 25 1–2

2–1 W

Group stage
8 60 2–2
23 2016-08-16 Belo Horizonte Flag of Germany.svg Germany 85.

off 85' (on Prince)

0–2 L

Semi-final
24 2016-08-19 Rio de Janeiro Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 69.

off 69' (on Beckie)

2–1 W

Bronze medal match

International goals

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Personal life

Tancredi is openly lesbian. Tancredi announced her retirement from soccer in January 2017. She is now a Doctor of Chiropractic, practicing out of The Workshop Performance Clinic in Vancouver.

Honours

Canada
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