Here is a little bit about me from Canada Soccer and my playing career at Notre Dame and professionally in North America as well as Europe.



Canada Soccer

Since 2004, Melissa has played in 103 international contests (playing her 100th in front of her hometown fans in Hamilton, ON in the last scheduled friendly vs England ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup).  The game in Hamilton was the first for Canada Soccer to be played by either the men or women in an international friendly in 28 years.  

“It is pretty special for me, honestly,” Tancredi said after Canada trained at Tim Hortons Field on May 28, 2015. “For sure it’s going to be an emotional game. I’m going to try and control that but I’m really honoured to be able to do this in front of my family and bring it back here to Hamilton. It’s pretty cool to have the home crowd around us.”

After taking 2 years off from the Canadian Women's National Team to complete her Chiropractic degree (at Logan School of Chiropractic in the United States) and a successful London 2012 Summer Olympic Games helping the team earn Canada's first summer team medal (a bronze) since 1936.    Melissa made a successful return to the Canadian national team with her play in a USA v Canada international friendly in May 2014 in Winnipeg and has been back with the national team since then centralized in Vancouver.  

Canada v the netherlands at 2015 FIFA Women's world cup

Melissa was named to her 3rd Women's World Cup squad in April 2015.  

During the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, she started the first two games (China & New Zealand) of the Group Stage and came off the bench in the 3rd match (The Netherlands).  She additionally started in the Round of 16 (Switzerland) and Quarterfinal (England) as well.

In her 109 caps, Melissa has 86 starts and 22 goals / 16 assists.

Melissa is participating in the CONCACAF Olympic Women's Soccer Qualifying Tournament in Houston, Texas in February 2016.  The top 2 teams at this event will move on to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Following the CONCACAF Tournament, she will be heading overseas to play professionally in Sweden for Champions League participant KIF Orebro.  She signed with the team on January 8, 2016.  She will then return in June 2016 for Olympic camp in Vancouver.  Melissa was named to the Rio 2016 Olympic Team, June 20, 2016.

Canada Soccer Bio Page



Professional Women's Soccer

During Melissa's professional soccer career she has called home to the following teams and leagues:

  • Detroit Jaguars 2004 (W-League)
  • Atlanta Silverbacks 2005 & 2006 (W-League)
  • St Louis Athletica 2009 (WPS)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps 2010 (W-League)
  • Pita IF 2011 (Sweden)
  • Dalsjofors 2012 (Sweden)
  • Houston Dash 2014 (National Women's Soccer League)
  • Chicago Red Stars 2014 & 2015 (NWSL)
  • KIF Orebro 2016 (Sweden)

Photo Credit:  University of Notre dame

University of Notre Dame, NCAA Soccer

During her time at Notre Dame, reality struck early that your going to an institution to not only play sport, but to also get yourself a college degree for when you are done.  Melissa tore her ACL and did not play her first year because of it.  Upon her return to the sport, she earned the accolades of being a 2x First & 2x Second Team All-American, 2x Big East Defensive Player of the Year, 2x First Team All Big East Conference and being a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy (Heisman equivalent).  On the pitch, in her senior year at Notre Dame, she was a co-captain and helped lead the Irish to the 2004 NCAA National Championship game where they defeated UCLA in penalty kicks to capture the school’s 2nd title.