Sydney Leroux is headed to Orlando. On Friday, the Pride acquired the rights to the forward from Utah Royals FC in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.
The first round pick that the Pride traded to Utah was the one they acquired from Seattle Reign FC earlier this week ahead of the dispersal draft.
“It felt like a really long time coming. I knew as soon as Dom [Dwyer] got traded that we wanted to play in the same city together,” Leroux said in a video shared by the Pride on social media, referring to her husband, Dom Dwyer, who was traded to Orlando City SC last year. “Orlando’s the perfect place to do it. It’s the perfect place to raise a family. We’re just super excited that we’re all here together.”
— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) February 2, 2018
“I’m delighted to bring a player of Sydney’s caliber and pedigree to the Pride,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said in Orlando’s announcement of the trade. “Sydney has a great work ethic, strong footballing skills and a wonderful personality that I know will fit in well with the team culture here in Orlando. We’re excited to add her to our already potent offensive force.”
Leroux played her first season for FC Kansas City last year after missing the 2016 season to due to the birth of her son. She scored in the season opener for Kansas City and went on to tally six goals and two assists in 23 games. Utah Royals FC acquired Leroux’s rights when they entered the league after FC Kansas City ceased operations. Leroux has also played for the Boston Breakers, Seattle Reign FC and the Western New York Flash in her five NWSL seasons. She has 23 career goals.
“We’re very happy we were able to bring Sydney to Orlando,” general manager Niki Budalic said. “She’s a dynamic striker that will bring pace and goal-scoring ability to our group. Her physicality and personality will complement our roster and club and look forward to having her with us.”