Sydney Leroux is pregnant, she announced on Monday, and will miss this year’s Rio Olympics and the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Leroux hasn’t played a competitive match since the 2015 World Cup ended in early July. She had ankle surgery following the United States’ triumph at the tournament.
FC Kansas City just traded for Leroux in a deal announced on Jan. 13. Coach Vlatko Andonovski and director of club operations Huw Williams told The Equalizer that the club had worked on the trade for Leroux for a year.
She and husband Dom Dwyer, who plays for Sporting Kansas City in MLS, announced the news on their social media accounts on Monday.
An FC Kansas City representative tells The Equalizer that Leroux’s pregnancy was not known prior to the trade. FC Kansas City had traded away forward Sarah Hagen in October before learning a few weeks later that starting forward Amy Rodriguez is pregnant and will likely miss the entire NWSL season and the Olympics as well. She is expecting her second child in mid-July.
Leroux was a late scratch for Saturday’s U.S. game against Ireland, a 5-0 win. Having not played the second half of 2015, Leroux was on the bubble to make U.S. coach Jill Ellis’ 18-player roster for the Olympics. Leroux was on the U.S. team which won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the team which won the 2015 World Cup.