U.S. soccer player Sydney Leroux says Canadian fans chanted racial slurs at her
U.S. women's soccer forward Sydney Leroux said Monday via Twitter that she was subjected to racial slurs and taunts during her team's 3-0 win Sunday over Canada in Toronto.
Leroux was booed when she entered Sunday's game. After scoring the third goal in stoppage time, Leroux pointedly showed the U.S. Soccer crest on her jersey to Canadian fans. She then put a finger to her mouth and also popped her jersey.
Leroux, 23, was born outside Vancouver to a Canadian mother and American father and switched national soccer allegiances. She played on the Canadian team's Under-19 World Cup team in 2004 and helped lead the U.S. to the Under-20 World Cup title in 2008.
"If you knew some of things that Canadian folks tweet at her, that for her was a special moment, and that for her was saying, ’Hey look, I’m here, I’m on the U.S. team,”’ U.S. captain Abby Wambach said, via The National Post. “So for her, I’m proud of her to come on in the time that she had.”