Sydney Leroux Dwyer
Professional Soccer Player
Sydney Leroux Dwyer made headlines this year when she returned to play soccer just three months after giving birth to her daughter Roux. The Orlando Pride player’s comeback was as emotional as it was physical. After revealing that she had a miscarriage last year, Leroux Dwyer says that getting pregnant again right before her team’s season was a challenge that she would overcome.
She told Good Morning America, “We think when we have children and we start a family that we can’t continue on with our dreams and our hopes and our aspirations,” Leroux said. “I think it’s really important to see that life doesn’t have to stop and you can have a family and have a career and be able to do them at the same time.”
Leroux Dwyer is a 2015 World Cup champion and has a gold medal from the Olympic Games London 2012. The Canadian has said that she knew very early on she wanted to play professional soccer. She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona at age5 1to play with Sereno Soccer Club. On leaving home at such a young age she told USA Today, “It was very hard. It was a decision I knew I had to make in order to help make my dreams come true playing with the U.S. national team.” She went on to play for UCLA, earning All-American honors and playing for the U.S. under-20 World Cup championship team in 2008. Like her return to the field after giving birth, when Leroux Dwyer sets her mind on something she wants, there’s no stopping her.
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