Sydney Leroux

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Sydney Leroux
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Leroux playing for the United States National Soccer Team in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 2015.
Personal information
Full nameSydney Rae Leroux Dwyer
Date of birth (1990-05-07) May 7, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Orlando Pride
Number 2
Youth career
2002–2004 Coquitlam City Wild
2004–2008 Sereno FC
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2011 UCLA Bruins ? (57)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005 Vancouver Whitecaps 3 (0)
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps 11 (11)
2012 Seattle Sounders Women 2 (2)
2013 Boston Breakers 19 (11)
2014 Seattle Reign FC 22 (5)
2015 Western New York Flash 3 (1)
2016–2017 FC Kansas City 23 (6)
2018– Orlando Pride 20 (6)
National team
2004 Canada U19 2 (0)
2008–2010 United States U20 39 (24)
2011– United States 77 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of August 11, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 3, 2017

Sydney Rae Leroux Dwyer (born May 7, 1990) is a professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist who currently plays as a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Association football Team field sport

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Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

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Orlando Pride American womens soccer club

The Orlando Pride is a professional women's soccer team based in Orlando, Florida. The team joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., for the 2016 season. The tenth team to be added to the league, they are affiliated with the men's team Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer. They play their home games at Orlando City Stadium.

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Born in Canada to a Canadian mother and an American father, Sydney came up through the Canadian system and represented Canada at various youth levels, until she chose to play for the United States women's national under-20 soccer team starting in 2008 and later began playing for the U.S. senior national team in 2012. Leroux has earned over 75 caps with the senior national team and was part of the Americans' winning squads at the 2012 London Olympics and 2015 Women's World Cup.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.

The United States U-20 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the senior women's national team. The team most recently appeared in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France, where they failed to progress from the group stage for the first time in the competition's history. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the biennial FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which is the top competition for this age group. The head coach since April 2017 is Jitka Klimková.

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The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.

Leroux played collegiate soccer in NCAA Division I for UCLA Bruins women's soccer [1] and at the semi-professional level for the Vancouver Whitecaps. She made her debut for the Whitecaps at the age of fifteen, becoming the youngest player ever to play for the team. Leroux was the number one pick by the Atlanta Beat during the 2012 WPS Draft on January 13, 2012. Following the suspension of the league in early 2012, she played for the Seattle Sounders Women during the summer of the same year.

College soccer form of soccer

College soccer is played by teams composed of soccer players who are enrolled in colleges and universities. While it is most widespread in the United States, it is also prominent in South Korea and Canada. The institutions typically hire full-time professional coaches and staff, although the student athletes are strictly amateur and are not paid. College soccer in the United States is sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the sports regulatory body for major universities, and by the governing bodies for smaller universities and colleges. This sport is played on a rectangular field of the dimensions of about 64m (meters) - 70m sideline to sideline (width), and 100m - 110m goal line to goal line (length).

UCLA Bruins womens soccer sports team of the University of California at Los Angeles

The UCLA Bruins women's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of the University of California at Los Angeles. The team is a member of the Pac-12 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team won their first national championship on December 8, 2013 by defeating Florida State 1-0 in overtime.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (women) W-League association football team fielded by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC women are a Canadian women's soccer team founded in 2001 and a part of the greater Vancouver Whitecaps FC club. Originally called the Vancouver Breakers in 2001–02, the team was a member of the USL W-League, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States and Canada, from 2003 to 2012. The team won the 2004 and 2006 championships, and was runner-up in 2001 and 2010.

In 2013, she made her professional debut for the Boston Breakers in the NWSL during the league's inaugural season. She was later traded to Seattle Reign FC in 2014, Western New York Flash for the 2015 season and FC Kansas City prior to the 2016 season.

Boston Breakers soccer club and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Boston Breakers were an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.

The 2013 National Women's Soccer League season was the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this was the seventh overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league was operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing was provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations paid the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

Western New York Flash professional soccer club in the United States

The Western New York Flash (WNYF) is an American professional soccer club based in Elma, New York that competes in the United Women's Soccer league. They have won league championships in four different leagues: the USL W-League in 2010, Women's Professional Soccer in 2011, Women's Premier Soccer League Elite in 2012, and the National Women's Soccer League in 2016.

Early life

Leroux was born in Surrey, British Columbia to a Canadian mother, Sandi Leroux, and an African-American father, Ray Chadwick. Her mother played third base for the Canadian national softball team. [2] [3] Her father was a professional baseball player who pitched briefly for the California Angels in 1986. Coming from a family of baseball players, Sydney played baseball for Whalley Little League from 1994–2004. [4] [5] [6] Leroux was raised primarily by her mother after her parents split when her mother was three months pregnant with Sydney. [7] [8]

Surrey, British Columbia City in British Columbia, Canada

Surrey is a city in the province of British Columbia, Canada, located south of the Fraser River and north of the Canada–United States border. It is a member municipality of the Metro Vancouver regional district and metropolitan area. Mainly a suburban city, Surrey is the province's second-largest by population after Vancouver and the third largest by area after Abbotsford and Prince George.

African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The term typically refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.

Ray Chadwick American baseball player

Ray Chadwick is a retired professional baseball player who played one season for the California Angels of Major League Baseball.

During her freshman and sophomore year of high school, Leroux attended Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey where she was the leading scorer on the soccer team. Also a track and field athlete, she won Provincials in the 4 × 100 metres relay with her team. [9] Leroux played three seasons of club soccer with Coquitlam City Wild, helping the team to Provincial Cup Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Leroux's prolific goalscoring helped the team win the under-14 national championship in 2003. She secured a bronze medal in helping the team finish third at the under-16 national tournament in 2005. [10] [11] Leroux became the youngest player to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League at the age of 15. She also won a championship as part of a British Columbia select team at the Canada Games in 2005. [11]

Johnston Heights Secondary School

Johnston Heights Secondary is a public high school in Surrey, British Columbia and is part of School District 36 Surrey.

Track and field sport involving various running, jumping and throwing disciplines

Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from the sport's typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track enclosing a grass field where the throwing and some of the jumping events take place. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and race walking.

4 × 100 metres relay Track and field relay event covering 400 metres

The 4 × 100 metres relay or sprint relay is an athletics track event run in lanes over one lap of the track with four runners completing 100 metres each. The first runners must begin in the same stagger as for the individual 400 m race. A relay baton is carried by each runner. Prior to 2018, the baton had to be passed within a 20 m changeover box, preceded by a 10-metre acceleration zone. With a rule change effective November 1, 2017 that zone was modified to include the acceleration zone as part of the passing zone, making the entire zone 30 metres in length. The outgoing runner cannot touch the baton until it has entered the zone, the incoming runner cannot touch the baton after it has left the zone. The zone is usually marked in yellow, frequently using lines, triangles or chevrons. While the rule book specifies the exact positioning of the marks, the colors and style are only "recommended". While most legacy tracks will still have the older markings, the rule change still uses existing marks. Not all governing body jurisdictions have adopted the rule change.

Leroux stated that at a very early age, she knew she wanted to play for the United States women's national soccer team. [5] [12] To pursue her goal, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 15 and attended Horizon High School during her junior and senior years while living with multiple host families. [13] [14] [15] Despite having a challenging time adjusting to life without her family and friends, she helped lead Sereno Soccer Club to state titles in 2007 and 2008. [9] [16] Of her move to the United States, she said, "It was not easy. It was probably one of the most difficult things I ever had to do, move away from everything that I knew and was comfortable with to something that I had no idea about. Not having any family around. Doing it on my own. As a 15-year-old, that's kind of hard. I had to grow up really fast [...] But I guess it's all worth it. Now I have a chance to prove myself, and that's what I enjoy, and that's why I did what I did." [13]

College career

Leroux played collegiate soccer for UCLA from 2008 to 2011, under head coaches Jill Ellis (2008–10) and B. J. Snow (2011). [17] During her freshman season, she started 18 of the 19 games in which she played. She was the sixth-highest scorer on the team with five goals and six assists for a total of 16 points on the season, and was named to the All-Freshman Team in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10). [9] During her second year, she led UCLA in scoring with 48 points (23 goals, two assists) and was a semi-finalist for the Hermann Trophy. [9] [18] Her 23 goals ranked second in the Pac-10 and tied with teammate Lauren Cheney for a new single-season record at UCLA. Leroux earned Soccer America MVP second team, Second-team All-Pac-10, and 2009 NCAA All-Tournament Team honors the same year. [9] During the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament, she tied the school's record for most goals scored in a single match after scoring four during the team's 7–1 defeat of Boise State. [19]

"She's the most competitive person I've worked with, mentally and physically. She's been through a lot. When it's harder for her is when she's better."

Jill Ellis [5]

As a junior, Leroux ranked fifth in UCLA history for career points (91) as well as fourth in goals (41) and game-winning goals (15). [9] She ranked third in the Pac-10 for goals (13) and second in game-winning goals (6) earning her First-team Soccer America MVP, Third-team NSCAA All-American, First-team NSCAA All-Pacific Region, and First-team All-Pac-10 honors the same year. [9] [15] During the Bruins' first game of her junior season in 2010, she scored four goals against Cal Poly Pomona helping her team win 7–0. She was subsequently named Pac-10 Player of the Week. [20] Leroux scored the game-winning goal during the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament helping the Bruins defeat the UCF Knights 2–1 and advance to the third round where they lost to Stanford. [21] [22]

During her final year with the Bruins in 2011, she led the team in scoring for the third straight season with 16 goals and three assists for a total of 35 points. [9] She was named First-team NSCAA All-American, Soccer America's MVP First Team, and was a semi-finalist for the Hermann Trophy. [23] She scored eight game-winning goals, more than any other player in the newly renamed Pac-12 Conference. [9] She scored her first hat trick of the season (the third of her collegiate career) in 21 minutes during a 6–1 win over Arizona State in October 2011. [9] [24] [25] At the Bruins' next game against Colorado, Leroux scored another hat trick helping her team win 8–0. [26] She finished her collegiate career ranked fourth in UCLA's record books for points (126), goals (57), and game-winning goals (23). [9] [27]

Club career

Vancouver Whitecaps, 2005 and 2011

Sydney Leroux; on June 9, 2013, in Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers 2013-06-09 RedStars v Breakers SydneyLeroux.JPG
Sydney Leroux; on June 9, 2013, in Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers

Leroux played for the Vancouver Whitecaps during the 2005 W-League season, becoming the youngest player to ever play for the team aged 15 years and seven days. She returned to the Whitecaps for the 2011 season. [28] She ranked second in the league for goals scored with 11 finishing the regular season with 24 points in 11 appearances. After helping the Whitecaps advance to the W-League Championship Final Four with a goal during the team's 4–3 defeat of Santa Clarita Blue Heat in the Western Conference Final, [29] Leroux was named to the All-Western Conference team. Post-season, she was named 2011 W-League Rookie of the Year. [30]

WPS Draft and Seattle Sounders Women, 2012

Leroux was the number one pick by the Atlanta Beat in the 2012 WPS Draft, [31] [32] though the league folded before she could play for the team. [33] During the summer of 2012, Leroux joined fellow U.S. national team players, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Stephanie Cox, and Megan Rapinoe on the Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League. [34] Sounders Women head coach, Michelle French, said of the signing, "Sydney is the consummate goal scorer with an incredible attacking attitude. She not only shows tireless effort on the offensive side of the ball, but she is very unique in that she prides herself on her defensive recovery and ability to win the ball back. She makes an impact no matter where she plays on the field." [35] Due to her national team commitments and preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, [36] Leroux made only two regular season appearances for the club. She scored two goals and served one assist in her 168 minutes on the pitch. [37] With the national teammates' presence on the team, [38] [39] the Sounders sold out nine of their ten home matches at the 4,500 capacity Starfire Stadium. [40] Average attendance during the 2012 season for the Sounders Women was four times higher than the next closest team. [40]

Boston Breakers, 2013

Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers) vs.Washington Spirit Sydney Leroux 2013-05-11 Spirit - Breakers-137 (8964483683).jpg
Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers) vs.Washington Spirit

In January 2013, Heather O'Reilly, Heather Mitts and Leroux were the three United States national team players allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). [41] She scored her first goal of the season in the 91st minute of the Breakers' season opener against the Washington Spirit, tying the game 1–1 in stoppage time. [42] Leroux scored the league's first ever hat trick during the Breakers' 4–1 win against the Chicago Red Stars on May 4 and was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week. [43] On July 3, she scored another equalizer against the Seattle Reign FC, resulting in a 1–1 draw. [44] A few days later on July 6, she scored two goals against the Portland Thorns FC resulting in a 2–0 win for the Breakers in front of 12,436 fans at Jeld-Wen Field. [45]

Leroux's 11 goals scored during the season tied for second with national teammate Abby Wambach of the Western New York Flash. Lauren Holiday of FC Kansas City was in first place with 12. [46] The Breakers finished the 2013 season fifth in the league with an 8–6–8 record. [47]

Seattle Reign FC, 2014

On November 18, 2013, it was announced that Leroux had been traded to the Seattle Reign FC for the 2014 NWSL season in exchange for Kristie Mewis, Michelle Betos and the Reign's first two picks in the 2015 draft. Ebullient Reign FC head coach Laura Harvey hailed the signing of Leroux: "One of the world's best forwards. She is a young, extraordinary talent with unlimited upside. Sydney will be the consistent goal-scoring threat that we struggled to find last season." [48]

During the 2014 season, the Reign set a league record unbeaten streak of 16 games during the first part of the season. During the 16 game stretch, the Reign compiled a 13–0–3 record. [49] The Reign finished first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the first time. [50] After defeating the Washington Spirit 2–1 in the playoff semi-finals, the Reign were defeated 2–1 by FC Kansas City during the championship final. [51] Leroux finished the 2014 season with five goals in 22 games played. [52] In March 2015, it was announced that she was traded to Western New York Flash. [53]

Western New York Flash, 2015

Due to her participation in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and an ankle injury, Leroux played only three games for the Flash. She scored once in those three games. [54]

FC Kansas City, 2016–2017

On January 13, 2016, Leroux was traded to FC Kansas City. [55] Leroux announced later that month that she was pregnant. Due to her pregnancy, she missed the 2016 NWSL season. [56]

She returned to play for FC Kansas City in 2017. She scored a goal in the first game of the season, a 2-0 win over the Boston Breakers. She played in 23 games for FCKC in 2017, and scored 6 goals. Kansas City finished the season in sixth place and did not qualify for the playoffs. After FCKC ceased operations following the 2017 season, her rights were transferred to the Utah Royals. [57]

Orlando Pride, 2018–present

On February 2, 2018, Leroux was traded to the Orlando Pride for Orlando's first round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. [58] Prior to the 2018 NWSL season, Leroux signed a contract with the Orlando Pride as she was no longer an allocated player by U.S. Soccer. [59]

In March 2019, at six months pregnant with her daughter, Leroux returned to pre-season training. [60]

Club summary

ClubRegular SeasonPlayoffs/ Cup
Season & LeagueAppsStartsMinGlsAstsSOGSeason & CompetitionAppsStartsMinGlsAsts
Vancouver Whitecaps Women 2011 W-League [30] 11112
Seattle Sounders Women 2012 W-League [37] 216821
Boston Breakers 2013 NWSL [61] 1919169411230
Seattle Reign 2014 NWSL [62] 2221187350202014 NWSL Playoffs [63] [64] 2215700
FC Kansas City 2017 NWSL 232320106225
Orlando Pride 2018 NWSL 201514316224

International career

Youth national teams

By virtue of her parents' nationalities, Leroux was eligible to represent either Canada or the United States. [5] Playing for Canada at the age of 14, she was the youngest individual to participate in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Cup, held in Thailand. [11] She served as captain of Canada's under-15 team that traveled to Germany in 2005. [11] [65]

Leroux received clearance from FIFA to change her allegiance to the United States in 2008 and went on to help the under-20 national team win the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Santiago, Chile. She scored in the first half of the final against North Korea. [11] [66] She represented the United States at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and ended her under-20 career as the country's all-time leading scorer in Under-20 Women's World Cup play with 10 goals. [67] At the under-20 level, she is among the country's most capped players with 36 games and is the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. with 30 goals. [9] In 2012, she was named the 2011 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, playing for both the senior and under-23 national teams. [67]

U.S. senior national team

Leroux (fourth from left) celebrates with her national teammates after winning first place at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers. USWNT Celebrates.jpg
Leroux (fourth from left) celebrates with her national teammates after winning first place at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers.

Leroux played at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament as a member of the United States senior national team. [68] [69] [70] In her second cap for the senior side, Leroux scored five goals in a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying match between the U.S. and Guatemala; the final score of the match was 13–0. [71] Leroux's performance tied the record for goals scored in a single match by one player in a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. She also tied the single-game record for the national team, [72] equaling previous performances by her teammates Amy Rodriguez and Abby Wambach in 2012 and 2004 respectively. [11] [73]

In 2012, Leroux set a new team scoring record as a reserve on the team with 12 goals scored off the bench in one year. [74] The previous record of nine goals was set by Debbie Keller in 1998. [75]

From Algarve to the London Olympics, 2012

Leroux (left) during a friendly match against China on December 15, 2012. Leroux-china.jpg
Leroux (left) during a friendly match against China on December 15, 2012.

During the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal, Leroux scored the team's fifth goal in the 93rd minute of the U.S.' first group stage match against Denmark, in which the U.S. won 5–0. [76] During the team's second group stage match, she scored the game-winning goal against Norway in the 81st minute. [77] After losing to Japan in the third group stage match, [78] the team defeated Sweden 4–0 to clinch third place at the tournament. [79]

Leroux was the youngest player and a goal-scoring member of the Olympic gold medal-winning team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. [80] [81] She scored the second goal against New Zealand during the quarter final match of the tournament helping the U.S. win 2–0. [82]

Algarve Cup, Controversy in Toronto, 2013

San Jose, California, 2015 Leroux on the ball.jpg
San Jose, California, 2015

During the team's second group stage match at the 2013 Algarve Cup, Leroux opened the scoring for the U.S. when she netted a goal in the 13th minute. Her goal was followed by four others from her teammates resulting in a 5–0 win over China. [83] The U.S. went on to win the tournament after defeating Germany 2–0 in the final. [84]

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Nuvola apps kaboodle.svg Leroux's goal against Canada on June 2, 2013 retrieved November 1, 2014

While playing in a sold-out friendly match against Canada at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario in June 2013, Leroux was booed by Canadian fans throughout the match. After scoring during stoppage time to bring the score to 3–0 in favor of the U.S., Leroux celebrated her goal by hushing the crowd and pointing to the U.S. emblem on her jersey which further inflamed many fans in the crowd. [85] After the game, she stated via Twitter, "When you chant racial slurs, taunt me and talk about my family don't be mad when I shush you and show pride in what I represent. #america." [86] The U.S. Soccer Federation announced that Leroux had "endured abuse both verbally and in social media" since switching to the U.S. national soccer team in 2008; however, Leroux later clarified that no such incidents took place at BMO Field. [87] "My tweet from this morning wasn't in response to anything from yesterday's match at BMO Field. In fact, the atmosphere at the stadium was a positive step forward for women's soccer. Unfortunately, the type of abuse I have received in the past and via social media for my decision to play for the United States is a step backwards. That is what prompted my response in the heat of the moment." [87]

During a friendly against Mexico in September 2013, Leroux scored a hat trick in nine minutes, helping the U.S. win 7–0. [88] [89]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Leroux was on the roster of the United States team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She saw action in four of the seven games, recording an assist to a Christen Press goal in the opening game against Australia. She did not play in the Final against Japan [90] [91]

Post World Cup-present

On July 17, 2015, it was announced that Leroux would undergo ankle surgery, which would sideline her for three months. As a result she would miss the remainder of the 2015 NWSL Season and the U.S. WNT World Cup Victory Tour. [92]

Leroux announced her pregnancy on January 26, 2016, as a result she did not play in 2016. [93]

On May 27, 2017 Leroux was named to the U.S. Roster for a set of friendlies in Scandinavia. This was her first time suiting up for the U.S. since giving birth to her son. Leroux did not play in either game. [94] Leroux was named to the roster for the 2017 Tournament of Nations. She didn't play in the first match for the U.S., but entered as a second half substitute in their second match against Brazil. This was her first appearance for the U.S. since the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup, on June 30, 2015. [95]

Leroux has not received a call-up since the 2017 Tournament of Nations, and she was not listed on the 35 player previsional roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. [96]

International goals


Goal
DateLocationOpponentAssistScoreResultCompetition
1.January 22, 2012 [m 1] Vancouver Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala Alex Morgan
7–0
13–0
2012 CONCACAF Olympic qualifier: Group B
2. Amy Rodriguez
8–0
3.Alex Morgan
9–0
4. Kelley O'Hara
10–0
5.Amy Rodriguez
13–0
6.February 22, 2012 [m 2] Lagos Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Stephanie Cox
5–0
5–0
2012 Algarve Cup
7.March 2, 2012 [m 3] Lagos Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Amy Rodriguez
2–0
2–0
2012 Algarve Cup
8.August 3, 2012 [m 4] Newcastle upon Tyne Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Tobin Heath
2–0
2–0
2012 Olympics: Quarter-final
9.September 1, 2012 [m 5] Rochester Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Alex Morgan
6–0
8–0
Friendly
10.September 19, 2012 [m 6] Commerce City Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Megan Rapinoe
6–2
6–2
Friendly
11.November 28, 2012 [m 7] Portland Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland Heather O'Reilly
4–0
5–0
Friendly
12.Amy Rodriguez
5–0
13.December 8, 2012 [m 8] Detroit Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Alex Morgan
2–0
2–0
Friendly
14.December 15, 2012 [m 9] Boca Raton Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Heather Mitts
4–1
4–1
Friendly
15.February 9, 2013 [m 10] Jacksonville Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Yael Averbuch
4–1
4–1
Friendly
16.March 8, 2013 [m 11] Albufeira Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Alex Morgan
1–0
5–0
2013 Algarve Cup
17.June 2, 2013 [m 12] Toronto Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Abby Wambach
3–0
3–0
Friendly
18.September 3, 2013 [m 13] Washington, D.C.Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Abby Wambach
2–0
7–0
Friendly
19. Lauren Holiday
3–0
20.Abby Wambach
4–0
21.Lauren Holiday
5–0
22.October 30, 2013 [m 14] Columbus Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Kristie Mewis
1–0
1–1
Friendly
23.November 10, 2013 [m 15] Orlando Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Heather O'Reilly
1–0
4–1
Friendly
24.Unassisted
3–1
25.January 31, 2014 [m 16] Frisco Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Becky Sauerbrunn
1–0
1–0
Friendly
26.February 8, 2014 [m 17] Boca Raton Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Lauren Holiday
5–0
7–0
Friendly
27.March 5, 2014 [m 18] Parchal Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Unassisted
1–0
1–1
2014 Algarve Cup
28.March 10, 2014 [m 19] Parchal Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Stephanie Cox
2–4
3–5
2014 Algarve Cup
29.April 10, 2014 [m 20] San Diego Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Megan Rapinoe
3–0
3–0
Friendly
30.May 8, 2014 [m 21] Winnipeg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Unassisted
1–1
1–1
Friendly
31.June 14, 2014 [m 22] Tampa Flag of France.svg  France Christen Press
1–0
1–0
Friendly
32.September 13, 2014 [m 23] Sandy Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Lauren Holiday

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Personal life

Leroux holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. [5] Her nickname is "Syd the Kid". [97] Her chihuahua, "Boss Leroux", has thousands of Twitter followers and is often featured in the media along with Sydney. [8] [98] [99] Leroux has been in a relationship with English-born MLS player Dom Dwyer since 2014. [100] On February 14, 2015 (Valentine's Day, or 2/14; her USWNT jersey number is 2 and Dwyer's is 14), it was announced that she and Dwyer had wed in January 2015 in a private ceremony. [101] On January 25, 2016, Sydney announced on social media that she was expecting the couple's first child in September 2016. [56] On March 13, 2016, Sydney and Dom announced on social media that they were having a son; Cassius Cruz Dwyer was born on September 10, 2016. [102] On November 28, 2018, they announced they were expecting their second child. [103] In March 2019, at six months pregnant with her daughter, Leroux returned to training. [60]

Endorsements

Leroux has appeared in several advertisements and promotional pieces for Nike. [104] [105] In December 2013, she and national teammate Alex Morgan were featured in Nike's "Winning in a Winter Wonderland" commercial along with other professional athletes including Robinson Canó, Justin Tuck, and Julia Mancuso. [106] In June 2014, she signed an endorsement deal with Nestlé Nesquik. [107] The same month, she made a cameo appearance in a commercial for Beats by Dre in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. [108] In June 2014, she became the first female endorser for the sports drink company BODYARMOR, joining fellow professional athletes Richard Sherman, Kevin Love, and James Harden. [109] [110]

Television and video

Leroux was the focus of an ESPN feature entitled Living Her Dream, which profiled her evolution as an international soccer player. [111] She was a guest on Canada's Breakfast Television in August 2012 following the 2012 Olympics. [112] In October 2013, she was interviewed by Grete Eliassen for an ESPNW short feature, Q&A With Sydney Leroux. [113] The same month, she was profiled in Fox Soccer Exclusive: Sydney Leroux for Fox Soccer Channel. [114] In December 2013, Leroux was featured in episode 9 of AOL's online series, My Ink. [115] Leroux appeared as a dining room guest on an episode of Hell's Kitchen .

Magazines

Leroux was one of 21 professional athletes featured in ESPN's The Body Issue in 2013. She appeared semi-nude on one of eight covers for the magazine. [116] [117] Of the experience she said,

I think a lot of females struggle with the way they look, and I wanted to show that everyone's body is different. I think it's a big deal to be an athlete and feel confident in your body and show it off. I'm not going to say I've never struggled with how I look, but I've reached a point in my life where I'm happy with who I am. [118]

In May 2015, Leroux was featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine with teammates Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan. [119]

Video games

Leroux was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16 , the first time women players were included in the game. [120]

Ticker tape parade and White House honor

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Leroux and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. [121] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. [122] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. [123]

Honors

International

Club

Seattle Reign FC

Personal

See also

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