What up, what up!
First off, thank you for visiting my site. My name is Melissa, a former professional soccer player, Olympian, On-Camera Host, In-Stadium Host for the New York Red Bulls, social media influencer through my 150,000+ following on my social media channels, and NIKE Dream Leader.
I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida to Colombian parents who immigrated from Colombia to New York City forty years ago. Raised in the USA, my roots and culture have made me a proud Colombian-American #latina.
During my freshman year of college, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to try out for the Colombian Women's National team. After a 3-week trial, I made the team pool and was called-up to a U20 camp just a year later to play in the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup where we made it to the Semifinals. From there on, my soccer career accelerated in which I went on to compete in the Olympics, Copa America, Central American Games, as well as professionally in the Icelandic, American, and Colombian leagues.
Although these experiences were some of the most life-changing and moments one can only dream of living, there were also bitter sweets times and rollercoaster rides. From major injuries (an achilles tear just 4 days before the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup) to enormous inequalities in the women's game, I took away great knowledge surrounding this sport that has inspired me to continue working alongside the game as well as being a female advocate.
After stepping away from the professional game and national team in 2017, I have fought tirelessly for better conditions for the Colombian Women's National Team. I also have moved to New York City where I work full-time creating content and partnering with AMAZING brands. I have been in campaigns for Nike, BMW, Pepsi, La Liga, Bein Sports, HBO, Carnival Cruise, Chivas Regal, Macy's, Alcatel, Cricket Wireless, Gatorade, Pro Star Nutrition, and many more.
My mission is led by a quote I saw at the 2012 Olympics which said "Inspire a Generation." I want to continue being a role model for young girls, empower others, and inspire our next generations to come.