FC Kansas City forward Sydney Leroux announced Monday on Twitter that she would miss the upcoming National Women’s Soccer League season as she prepares to give birth to her first child.
Leroux, who is married to Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer, was acquired by the Blues on Jan. 13.
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“Although we are disappointed that Syd will not be playing for us this season, we are thrilled and excited for her and Dom,” FCKC general manager Huw Williams said in a statement. “Dealing with matters such as these is part of our business. All of us at FC Kansas City are ‘family first’ type of people so we see this as an exciting and joyous occasion.”
Leroux is the third FC Kansas City player to announce a pregnancy in the offseason, joining fellow U.S. Women’s National Team player Amy Rodriguez and Nikki Phillips, who missed last season because of a pregnancy and will miss this season as well. Williams said Leroux notified the team on Saturday.
“We have a great club, outstanding coaching staff, amazing players and now we have opportunity,” Williams said. “This situation, along with other things that have happened this offseason, provides a great opportunity for our younger players to step up and make a name for themselves.”
Leroux, 25, has 75 caps and 35 goals with the U.S. National Team. She helped the Americans win the Women’s World Cup last summer and was a member of the team that won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. She played each of the first three NWSL seasons and most recently suited up for the Western New York Flash.