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FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has dominated in the Lone Star State, and Sydney Leroux kept that streak intact as her goal led the USA to a 1-0 victory against Canada in front of a raucous crowd of 20,862 at Toyota Stadium.
It marked the largest crowd for a WNT home game in more than a decade, when 23,176 fans watched the USA beat Mexico 3-1 on Nov. 2, 2003, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
The U.S. improved to 11-0-0 in Texas-based games, thanks to Leroux finding the net in the 78th minute to open 2014 in winning fashion with her 25th goal in 44 appearances. The USA also extended its home unbeaten streak to 78 games.
Leroux led the Breakers and finished second in the league in scoring in 2013 with 11 goals. The 23-year-old, who had a team-best four game-winning goals, also tallied two assists in 19 games for the Breakers.
“While we are sad to see Sydney leave, we are happy we could help her move closer to her family,” Billiard said. “After speaking with Sydney, it was clear she needed to be closer to home. It was tough for me to do, but I’m confident we got the best we could out of the trade. I want to thank Sydney for everything she did for us as a Boston Breaker and wish her the best in Seattle.”
Leroux earned NWSL Best XI First Team honors and was twice named NWSL Player of the Week in 2013. A 2012 Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Leroux scored 10 goals for the U.S. in 2013, upping her international total to 24 goals. She has earned 42 caps for the U.S. since making her debut in early 2011.
“I would like to thank the Boston Breakers organization, my teammates, and the fans for a wonderful experience last year,” Leroux said. “I truly enjoyed my time in Boston and have many great memories, but I had a strong desire to be closer to my family in the Pacific Northwest. While I am sad to leave the Breakers, I appreciate their accommodating of my request and wish everyone well.”
ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated fourth-ranked Brazil 4-1 in front of 20,274 spectators at the Florida Citrus Bowl to wrap up the 2013 campaign with an unbeaten 13-0-3 record.
It was the largest crowd to watch the USA play this year and largest home crowd since 2004 when 20,435 turned out at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City to watch the USA defeat Mexico 1-0 in the match after the Olympic gold medal run in Athens, Greece.
Forward Sydney Leroux scored two first-half goals, forward Abby Wambach added to her international goal scoring record with her 163rd tally and midfielder Erika Tymrak scored her first goal in only her second WNT appearance just one minute after entering the game. Goalkeeper Hope Solo had a strong match, making three goal-saving stops and earned Budweiser Woman of the Match honors.
Leroux pushed the lead back to two goals in the 36th minute with a slaloming dribbling run that ended with a classy finish. Carli Lloyd fought off Gabi Zanotti and dished to Wambach in the center of the field where she redirected the ball to a darting Leroux on the left side. Leroux got past Rilany, powered into the penalty area and took a touch inside to elude the onrushing Thais. With the Brazilian ‘keeper on the ground, Leroux slotted the ball home for her second goal of the half and the 24th of her international career.