UCLA striker Sydney Leroux, who played for her native Canada at age 14 in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup four years ago, came off the bench to score two goals and create another in the 3-0 U.S. win today over France in Chile.
“Today, it was Sydney who was the star,” said U.S. Coach Tony DiCicco. “I have a lot of players who can step in and be the star. We felt that this was the right situation where Sydney could step in and help us in the second half. She was very determined to prove that we were correct.”
Leroux came on at the half and set up Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal in the 55th minute. Leroux added goals in the 56th and 71st minutes, her third and fourth strikes of the year.
She scored five goals and added six assists for the Bruins this season.
After a 0-0 draw between Argentina and China in the first game of today’s doubleheader, the U.S. now sits in first place in Group B with three points. The Americans play Argentina Saturday.