Melinda Mercado - Defender

Name: Melinda Mercado

Pronunciation: Mah-LYNN-duh murr-CAH-doh
Position: Defender
Height: 5-10
Jersey number: 23
Date of birth: March 19, 1990
Age: 23
Hometown: Sapulpa, Okla.
Citizenship: USA
College: Oklahoma State University
Last club: Western New York Flash
How acquired: Via trade with the Western New York Flash on April 29, 2013
Follow on Twitter: @melinda_mercado
Club: Played four summers (2008-2012) with the Oklahoma Alliance of the Women's Premier Soccer League

At Oklahoma State: Set an OSU record by starting 98 games in her career (2008-2011), and the Cowgirls recorded 52 shutouts in those contests .. named NSCAA First-Team All-American and Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2010) ... Earned a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team (2011, 2010, 2009) ... Started all 26 games at center back as a senior in 2011 and led the Cowgirls with more than 2,300 minutes played ... OSU led the NCAA in goals-against average in 2011 at 0.337, allowing just nine goals in 26 games, and ranked third in shutout percentage (0.692) as the Cowgirls turned in a nation’s best 18 shutouts.

High School/Youth: Played on the Oklahoma ODP team from 2004-06 ... was a member of the Edmond Soccer Club '90 that was twice a national runner-up and a two-time regional champion ... two-sport star at Sapulpa High School in soccer and basketball ... was named SHS Female Athlete of the Year for 2007-08 ... was captain of the soccer team as a senior and led the team with 11 goals ... led team to district title ... named all-conference and all-district as a sophomore, junior and senior ... earned all-state honors as a senior ... also a member of Lady Chieftain basketball teams that won a state championship in 2007 and were state runners-up in 2008 ... named all-state in basketball as a senior.

Personal: Daughter of Edgar and Julie Mercado ... has two sisters, Megan and Madison ... mother, two uncles, and an aunt also attended OSU ... majoring in business ... goes by her nickname, "Minnie" ... played one year of college basketball at Oklahoma State.

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