Sydney Leroux and her husband Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer announced today that the U.S. WNT striker is pregnant and will miss not only the upcoming Rio Olympics but the 2016 NWSL season as well.
Leroux has been struggling with injuries, most recently a troublesome ankle and was far from a certainty to make the 18 player Olympic roster.
Leroux joins Amy Rodriguez as the second U.S. and FCKC striker set to miss the upcoming season due to a pregnancy, leaving the Kansas City brain trust of coach Vlatko Andonovski and Director of Soccer Operations Huw Williams with work to do as the defending NWSL Champions prepare for the upcoming campaign.
It was just over a month ago that Leroux came to FCKC in a trade from the Western New York Flash and Leroux couldn’t have been happier, saying via a statement released by the club, “I’m thrilled to be playing in Kansas City, a place that my husband and I call home.”
“FC Kansas City is an organization with a history of excellence and fans who are passionate and loyal,” Leroux continued, adding, “I couldn’t be more excited to join FCKC as we work towards a third consecutive NWSL championship.”
Also through the team, Andonovski expressed his delight at Leroux’ arrival in Kansas City. “I’m really happy to have Sydney on the team,” the coach said. “She is a proven goal scorer that every coach would love to have on the team. Her persistence and determination are on a whole different level. I feel blessed for the opportunity to work with her.”
Leroux has battled injuries the past two season’s limiting her effectiveness at both the international and club level. After finishing second in the NWSL with 11 goals for the Boston Breakers in 2013, Leroux slumped to five goals the following year for the Seattle Reign, and one in just three games for the Flash in 2015.
Still, FCKC were counting on a bounceback year from Leroux, if she could get healthy. Instead, Leroux is added to the list of players Andonovski and Williams will have to replace.
Retiree Lauren Holiday leads that list with Rodriguez and former U.S. WNT defender Amy Lepeilbet. Defensive standout Becky Sauerbrunn was recently named captain of the U.S. WNT along with Carli Lloyd, so she will be unavailable to FCKC for much of the season while Heather O’Reilly is also battling for a spot on the Olympic roster.
But the Olympics can wait now as Soccer super couple Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer prepare for the birth of their first child, who incidentally will be eligible to play for the U.S., Canada, where Leroux was born, and England, Dwyer’s birthplace.