CHICAGO (July 17, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux will undergo surgery on her right ankle in Kansas City, Missouri, early next week and will be sidelined for up to three months.
She will miss the remainder of the NWSL season and several matches of the USA’s 10-game post-Women’s World Cup tour. The opening match of the tour will take place on Sunday, Aug. 16, against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 36,000 tickets have already been sold, surpassing the largest attendance for a WNT game in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which was set at a FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage match in Philadelphia on Sept. 25, 2003 before a crowd of 31,553. Fans can still purchase tickets to see the world champions live. [TICKETS]
Leroux has an accessory bone in her right ankle that has been causing pain over the last six months and began to get increasingly irritated during the recent Women’s World Cup tournament. The offending piece of bone will be removed to resolve the issue.
Leroux, who has 75 caps and 35 goals for the USA, played in four games at the Women’s World Cup, starting two, and picked up a key assist on Christen Press’ game-winner against Australia in the first group match.