A standout player during her NWSL rookie season in 2013, the technical midfielder signed with Thorns FC as a Discovery Player on April 5, 2013.
2013: Named the team's 2013 Newcomer of the Year after tallying five goals and two assists in 19 appearances (17 starts) during her first professional season in 2013 ... Ranked third on the team with 12 points ... Started each of the team's two NWSL playoff games ... Became the first Thorns FC player to score a goal in four straight matches (July 14-31) ... Scored in the 65th minute of a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC on July 31, adding an assist in the match ... Scored in the 55th minute of a 3-3 draw with Chicago on July 28 ... Tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of a 2-1 win at Boston on July 21 ... Scored the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw against Western New York on July 14 ... Tallied her first professional goal in the 66th minute of a 2-0 win over Seattle on June 16, adding her first professional assist on the game’s opening goal, becoming the second Thorns FC player to record three or more points in a match (1g, 1a) ... Was one of just two Thorns FC players to record a goal and an assist (3pts) in a match for Portland in 2013.
2012: Selected to the roster for a three-game trip to Norway with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team in June 2012 … Appeared in both matches for the U-23s in the Three Nations Tournament (June 15 vs. Sweden, June 17 vs. Norway) as the United States won the competition … Started and played 90 minutes in a friendly against Norway on June 19 … Called into training camp with the U-23s from May 13-20
2012: Registered three goals and one assist in 19 games for the Broncos … Tallied the opening goal in a 2-1 win against Long Beach State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament … Served as team captain during her senior season at Santa Clara … Named to the NCAA Division I Women’s All-West Regional Third-Team. 2011: Was an All-West Coast Conference Second-Team selection as a junior, recording four goals and four assists in 21 games … Converted all three of her penalty kick attempts during the season … 2010: Named to the All-WCC honorable mention list as a sophomore … Scored one goal and added three assists during the season … Was one of just four players to appear in all 22 games for Santa Clara, totaling 1,660 minutes played … 2009: As a true freshman, appeared in 20 of the team’s 23 matches during the year … Scored her first collegiate goal on Oct. 1, 2009, against Stanford … Played in all three NCAA Tournament matches for the Broncos, including starting against Oklahoma State in a Second Round victory
Pronounced “mel-LAY-ah-na” ... Goes by “Mana” (MAH-nah) ... Enjoys yoga (with her mom) and surfing (with her dad), hiking, reading, meditating and coaching youth soccer ... Volunteers with various organizations when she can.