ACFC acquires ex-USWNter Sydney Leroux in trade

ACFC acquires ex-USWNter Sydney Leroux in trade

Sydney Leroux heads west to Angel City FC.

The Orlando Pride traded Leroux, who has been there since 2018, to the expansion club for the ACFC’s natural first-round pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft, $75,000 in allocation money and potentially more to the future. There is an additional $10,000 of allocation money in 2022 and $10,000 in 2023 if the striker meets “certain performance-based criteria,” the ACFC said in a statement.

The move comes weeks after forward Christen Press suffered a season-ending knee injury. The ACFC is near the bottom of the NWSL in goals scored with seven of nine games played, trailing individuals Alex Morgan (11) and Sophia Sith (8). Leroux has two goals and an assist.

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ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 19: Sydney Leroux #2 of the Orlando Pride kicks the ball before a game between Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride at Exploria Stadium on March 19, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Jeremy Reper/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Leroux played collegiately at UCLA, where she led the team in scoring for three straight seasons, and won the 2015 World Cup and 2012 Olympic gold medal with the United States Women’s National Team. Between 2011 and 2017, she scored 35 international goals and led Pride in scoring in 2018 and 2021.

“I am so excited to be part of Angel City and all that is being built with this club,” Leroux said in a team statement. “The atmosphere I felt while playing on the Bench [of California Stadium] mothers day was amazing. I really feel like I’m coming home, between going to UCLA and living in Los Angeles. Angel City really puts women’s soccer on the map in LA and it shows that if you invest in women, great things will happen. I am delighted to be part of it.

The ACFC opened its inaugural season with a sold-out crowd of 22,000 at Banc of California Stadium in April. Late last year, the club announced it had sold 13,200 season tickets for the 2022 season, nearly matching the average attendance of league-leading Portland Thorns. The the club donates 1% of the home ticket income to players.

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“We are delighted to welcome Sydney Leroux to Angel City,” ACFC Sporting Director Eniola Aluko said in a statement released by the team. “Sydney has valuable experience as a player in the NWSL which will be a huge asset to the team. Sydney’s goalscoring ability, tenacity and passion on the pitch will be exciting for our fans to watch. We are also thrilled to add another mother of two beautiful children to our team and organization.

Leroux is the mother of a son, Cassius, and a daughter, Roux. She took off much of 2015 and 2016 while pregnant and again in 2019 while pregnant with Roux, who turned three on Tuesday. Three months after giving birth, she returned to the field.

The Canadian native was drafted into the women’s pro soccer league in 2012 just before she folded and joined the Boston Breakers of the NWSL in 2013. She was traded to the Seattle Reign in 2014, winning the Supporters Shield there. , and played for FC Kansas City in 2017. before trading to Pride in 2018.