Although she is one of only three Sounders Women under age 22 Sydney Leroux’s experience should not be underestimated. She got her start very early, appearing in the 2004 Fifa World Cup at the U-19 level in Thailand. If you are following the math you may have noticed, Leroux was only 14 at the time.
The year following, Leroux became the captain of the Canadian team during their travels to Germany before becoming the youngest player to play professionally for the Vancouver Whitecaps at just 15. In 2008 for the U.S., she received both the Golden Ball and the Golden shoe at the U-20 Fifa World Cup for recognition as the top player and top scorer respectively. She scored the first goal in the 2-1 win over North Korea to seal the championship that year in Chile.
By 2010 she was named MVP on Soccer America’s First Team and was leading the UCLA team in scoring for the second straight season. As captain of the U-20 squad, she led the U.S. to the CONCACAF championship title, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Mexico. This goal did not come until the last few minutes of the game and made her the leading scorer for the U.S. women with 6 goals throughout the tournament. The victory allowed the team to compete in the Fifa World Cup in 2010 as well, where Leroux also led the team in scoring with 5 goals in total before their elimination in the quarterfinals.
More recently Leroux has continued to demonstrate her unmatched scoring ability, with 5 goals in this year’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying match against Guatemala. This is not to say she isn’t well rounded however, “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” said Sounders’ head coach Michelle French.
Along with the other National Team representatives signed to the Sounders, Leroux with appear in several games for the Sounders Women in concordance with the USWNT commitments.