Leroux opened 2012 in dramatic fashion by tying a U.S. WNT record with five goals during the USA's 13-0 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying win against Guatemala on Jan. 20 in Vancouver, Canada, where Leroux grew up. All of her goals came in the second half in just her second international cap.
Sydney Leroux latched onto Megan Rapinoe's pass to score just seconds into the second half.
Sydney Leroux's run opened up the defense for Carli Lloyd to find the back of the net for the opening goal in San Diego.
Carli Lloyd became the ninth player to reach the 50-goal milestone with a brace and the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.
U.S. WNT vs. China PR
Post-Match Quotes – April 10, 2014
Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego
U.S. WNT head coach JILL ELLIS
On tonight’s match:
“I thought there were some really good moments and to score three goals against China, which is a feisty opponent, was a good result. We got a little choppy in the second half and obviously we had took a few injuries, but I think it went great. They’ve been through a lot this week and they’ve got great resilience, good professionalism, and put on a quality display on the field.”
On her last few days:
“It’s been a lot of travel and not a lot of sleep, but I know these guys and I know my role is to come in here and galvanize them a little bit. But they are so professional. It’s not a challenge to bring this group to be focused on the field.”
U.S. WNT forward SYDNEY LEROUX
On the crowd:
“It was awesome. I love the West Coast and California, so it’s great to play in San Diego. The crowd was great and really brought some energy to the game.”
On how the head coaching change impacted the team:
“I think with the U.S. Women’s National Team, our approach is always going to be the same. We’re a very resilient team and obviously there were a few hard days for us. Jill came in and she is awesome, she is very well respected within the team. We know what we needed to do and just like every game we came ready to fight. Obviously we’ve been dealing with a lot of questions, but at the end of the day our job is to play soccer. We’re happy we got to do that in front of all the fans tonight.”
U.S. WNT midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the goals:
“That’s what all the training is for, but there were some great plays by my teammates. Syd out on the left started one play and then Megan Rapinoe on the second one when she kind of whipped in in there and it bounced out to me. I think overall, the performance of the players coming off of the bench did great. I think it’s been a tough couple of days for us, but this team, what we do best is come together and we get more fired up. I think it was a good end to the trip, now we can go back to our NWSL teams and continue on.”
On the crowd:
“The crowd was amazing. Obviously we’re playing in a huge football stadium, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell. The crowd was loud, energetic, especially on a really late Thursday night. So overall it was great and a good way to end the trip.”
U.S. WNT goalkeeper HOPE SOLO
On interim head coach Jill Ellis:
“We’re very comfortable with Jill Ellis. She has been around the program for a long time. We’re comfortable with Jill, we love Jill, we have a lot of respect for Jill, and she didn’t really miss a beat. She put the pen on the board and she just started coaching. I’m always honored to be coached by Jill. Every time she has something to say, I always perk up and listen.”
On the match:
“We had a lot of attacking players up front with the 4-3-3, and Carli Lloyd played great. She got her two goals, which is awesome. Our defense was on top of their game, so I think we took care of all of the details today, and I thought it was an entertaining game for the crowd.”
U.S. WNT defender BECKY SAUERBRUNN
On interim head coach Jill Ellis:
“A lot of us were shocked about the decision, but Jill had been our interim before. She came in and was it was really natural. A lot of us had played for her at UCLA or the youth national teams, so it really was a pretty smooth transition.”
On the match:
“We’ve been working a lot of defense so it was nice to get tested a little bit more to make sure we were in the right positions. A big thing that we worked on the last few days was making sure that we were getting into the right positions quickly, and really helping out each other and I think we did that really well tonight.”
Before the U.S. WNT players head to their National Women’s Soccer League openers this weekend, 2013 MVP Lauren Holiday and Defender of the Year Becky Sauerbrunn of FC Kansas City, defending champions Rachel Van Hollebeke and Tobin Heath of the Portland Thorns and Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux of Seattle Reign preview the upcoming season.
Field Level Highlights from the U.S. Women's National Team's 2-0 victory against China PR on April 6, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
2012: Had a breakout year, playing in 27 games, all as a reserve, and set a U.S. record for most goals as a substitute with 14, which were the first 14 of her career … Averaged a goal for every 37 minutes she was on the field … In her second career cap against Guatemala at CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, she scored the first five goals of her career, all in the second half, in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada … Played in three games during Olympic qualifying as the USA won the regional title … Made her first world championship team at the senior level for the 2012 Olympics and played off the bench in four games … Scored her first Olympic goal against New Zealand in the quarterfinal, sealing the 2-0 victory in Newcastle … Scored the winning goal against Norway in a 2-1 victory in group play at the Algarve Cup … Also scored against Denmark at the Algarve Cup … Had a two-goal game against Ireland on Nov. 28 during the Fan Tribute Tour … 2011: A prolific scorer with the U.S. Under-20 WNT, she earned her first cap with the senior team at the beginning of 2011 … Made the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China in January and came off the bench late in the game in the first match of the tournament against Sweden … Youth National Teams: One of the most dangerous forwards in the world at the U-20 level, finished her U-20 career as the USA’s most-capped player (39) and highest scorer at this level (24) … The USA’s all-time leading scorer in U-20 Women’s World Cups with 10 goals … Played in 18 international matches in 2010, including four at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and scored 17 goals in those games … Scored against Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, Germany, England, New Zealand, Japan, Ghana, Switzerland and Korea Republic in 2010 … Scored a hat trick against Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, just the third ever in a Women’s World Cup by a U.S. player … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the 1-0 victory against Mexico in the championship game … Started all five games in Guatemala and led the USA in scoring with six goals, scoring two each against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago and two against Mexico, one in group play and one in the final … Also a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile … She became the first American since Carin Gabarra in 1991 to win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player at a FIFA Women’s World Cup … She also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, including the first in the 2-1 championship game victory against Korea DPR … At the age of 14, she was a member of Canada’s team that played in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, where she was the youngest player in the tournament ... Served as captain of Canada’s U-15 team that traveled to Germany in 2005 but got her clearance from FIFA to change associations to the USA in 2008 and went on to star at the U-20 Women’s World Cup … First Appearance: Jan. 21, 2011, vs. Sweden … First Goal: Jan. 22, 2012, vs. Guatemala (5 goals).
Date of Birth
May 7, 1990
Los Angeles, Calif.
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