FC Kansas City star forward Sydney Leroux was born in Canada, but at a young age dreamed of playing for the U.S. national team, as she told the New York Times in 2012.
Leroux’s father is an American, so she has dual citizenship and was able to represent the U.S. on the soccer field. Leroux has thrived with the U.S. national team, winning a World Cup title and an Olympic gold medal.
She is married to Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, who was born in England but became a U.S. citizen earlier this year. He has often said he wants to play for the U.S. national team, and on Saturday took a step in that direction when he was named to the U.S. men’s national team’s preliminary roster for the Gold Cup.
Leroux was thrilled and shared a message on Instagram of the two kissing at one of her games: “I’m so proud of you @ddwyer14. I can’t wait to see you play for our country. I’m hoping we can take a picture like this again but the other way around. #USMNT”
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While most of the comments to the post were positive, a few were not so nice. This one in particularly seemed to rankle Leroux: “He’s from England you’re from Canada so makes perfect sense you both play for the USA”
Leroux fired back.
“Yes, it does make perfect sense,” Leroux wrote. “America is full of immigrants, it’s actually what makes this country so beautiful. The fact that the ‘American dream’ is real and we are living it. Maybe instead of being a smart ass you should chase your dreams too.”
Zing. It’s safe to say Leroux didn’t pull any punches.
The person who posted the original response later wrote: “I was only joking. I wonder what took him so long since he will be a perfect fit the USA national team. And you are every bit an American as a Canadian. Sorry I didn’t expect you to see my comment.”