The success of US women’s soccer is dependant on several factors among which is the team of talented players who are unanimously fighting to make a difference. The likes of Sydney Leroux may not have achieved as much individual glory and honors to earn her the “greatest of all time” title, but she is definitely one of those you could rely on their contributions to win games.
Sydney Leroux is a Canadian-American professional soccer player who plays for the US national team. Born to Canadian softball player mother and American baseball player father, this soccer player is a very athletic person that has followed the footsteps of her parents in making her name in the sporting world.
Sydney’s football career has so far been impressive. She has played big games and has netted a growing number of goals which is why she is listed as one of the dominant forces for the U.S. Women’s Soccer team. No doubt, her hustle, and beastly determination are among the reasons she is most celebrated. But how did all these begin, what influenced her rise to stardom?
Sydney Leroux’s Career Journey
Sydney could be counted as one of those who developed a strong passion for sports from their early years. Although she took to a different sport, there are no doubts her parents played huge roles in what she is today.
Sidney played a bit of baseball before turning to soccer as her chosen sport. While at the Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey, she was a leading soccer player and a track and field athlete as well. Her exceptional abilities to score goals helped her club Coquitlam City Wild to win Provincial Cup Championship thrice in 2003, 04, and 05. She is also the youngest player to feature in the W-League when she was only 15.
Leroux had always wanted to play for US women’s national team for which she attended Horizon High School in Arizona. She led Sereno Soccer Club to state titles twice in 2007 and 2008 and proved promising to get into UCLA to play collegiate soccer. She was considered to be one of the most competitive players of her team. According to her coach, Jill Ellis, her goalscoring strategies helped the Bruins win several soccer competitions.
Sydney started with Vancouver Whitecaps which she joined at the age of 15 and played with from 2005 to 2011 in the W-league season. Even as the club’s youngest player, she was recognized as the second-highest goal scoring player in the league. Shortly after helping her team reach the W-League Championship Final Four, she was honored with a name to the All-Western Conference team and the 2011 W-League Rookie of the Year. Her exceptional soccer skills were pivotal in her pursuit to play with the U.S national team.
Picking Sydney in the 2012 WPS Draft was a dream come true for the young athlete. She started with the Atlanta Beat but when the club folded, she joined different clubs including Hope Solo, Stephanie Cox, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe in the W-league.
Leroux’s professional career began when she was allocated to play for Boston Breakers in 2013. She debuted in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) during the league’s inaugural season. The following year she joined Seattle Reign FC after which she was traded to Western New York Flash in March 2015. Leroux played for Canada U-19 Women’s team and was also the captain of the U-15 team. However, she wanted to play for the US national side and she joined the U-20 team to participate and win the 2008 FIFA U-20 World Cup. She was also named as the US Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2012.
With the senior team, Leroux won the 2012 Olympics and is considered an important part of the team for the 2015 FIFA Women’s world cup. Between 2016 and 17, she was with FC Kansas City where she scored 6 goals from 23 games she played. On February 2, 2018, she was then traded to the Orlando Pride where she played the 2019 season.
Her Salary And Career Earnings
One of the main areas bringing huge financial income to Sydney Leroux is her soccer career. For someone who has scored about 35 goals in 77 caps and has helped the USWNT win gold at the 2012 London Olympics and the FIFA Women’s World Cup titles in 2015, getting juicy pay wouldn’t be so much a surprise. Sydney received $70,000 in salary and has a massive net worth of $3 million.
Apart from her career as a soccer player, she has also made her fortunes through several endorsements and promotions for several brands like Nike and Beats by Dr. Dre.
Some other endorsements which she has been a part of include with Nestlé Nesquik and BODYARMOR, making her the first female endorser for the sports drink company, joining others like Richard Sherman, Kevin Love, and James Harden.
Apart from endorsements, the Kansas City striker has featured in the EA Sports’ FIFA video game series – FIFA 16, along with her teammates. She has also been on different magazine covers. Being married to a husband who makes around $1.3 million in base salary as an MLS player also helps to give her income a boost.
Meanwhile, this professional soccer player recently admits she spends much of her monies on babysitters and nannies for her children than she made in her 2019 games for the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). In 2017, she and her husband put their 4,000 square feet home in West 63rd Street Kansas City home for sale. The home which had four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms, was put on the market for just $800,000.
Who Is Sydney Leroux’s Husband?
Sydney Leroux, considered one of the most beautiful female soccer players in the world today, is married to English-born MLS player Dom Dwyer.
Dominic James Dwyer was born in England and he became an American citizen in March 2017 after joining Orlando in the largest transfer deal between two MLS clubs. Following his naturalization as an American, Dwyer was called up by the U.S men’s national soccer team on June 3, 2017.
Sydney and Dwyer got married in a private ceremony in January 2015 and on January 25, 2016, shortly after she made a move to Kansas City after signing a 3-year deal, the Olympic gold medalist announced that she was pregnant, and because of this, her club debut was put on hold for more than a year.
She gave birth to her first child, Cassius Cruz Dwyer, on September 10, 2016, and was able to get back to soccer in 2017. Their second child, a daughter, Roux James Dwyer, was born on June 28, 2019, and three months after giving birth she returned to the pitch to continue her soccer career.