January 13, 2012
NO. 1 PICK
UCLA's LeRoux tops in WPS Draft
KANSAS CITY, Mo.---UCLA forward Sydney LeRoux is the first pick in the Women's Professional Soccer draft, selected by the Atlanta Beat.
|UCLA forward and LA Soccer News Women’s College Player of the Year Sydney Leroux was taken by the Atlanta Beat with the first pick in Friday’s Women’s Professional Soccer draft.
Photo courtesy UCLA sports information
LeRoux was recently named the LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Year.
A two-time Pac 12 Women's Soccer Player of the Week this season, Leroux (Vancouver, BC/Horizon HS/Vancouver Whitecaps) led the Bruins with 33 points (16 goals, 1 assist), closed out the regular season with hat tricks in each of two successive weeks, a brace in the season finale, and nine goals over the last five matches to help UCLA to a second seed in the NCAA Women's Tournament. She was the Soccersavings.com/LA Soccer News College Player of the Week three times this season and the Soccersavings.com/Soccer News Net College Player of the Week for the week
of October 30.
Leroux is a native of British Columbia who powered the UCLA attack from 2008-2011. She was the Bruins' leading scorer for three straight seasons and finished with eight game-winners as a senior. The speedy forward was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as a sophomore and made the PAC-10 All-Freshman Team in 2008.
Leroux completed her collegiate campaign with the fourth most game-winning goals (23) and the fourth most all-time points (126) in Bruins program history.
With a Canadian mother and an American father, Leroux has experienced international play for both the U.S. and Canadian sides. She moved to the States at 15 years old with hopes of earning a college scholarship and eventually playing for the full USWNT.
"It's been a crazy journey from living in Canada with hopes to play in college, professionally, and on the national team," she said.
LeRoux played for the U-19 Canadian team at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Cup when she was only 14, before captaining Canada's U-15 squad.
As captain of the U.S. U-20 squad, Leroux was the leading goal scorer and the team's most capped player. She led the team to a 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship and earned the Golden Ball award as the tournament's top player. Leroux was instrumental in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup win and led the team with six goals. She earned her first cap with the full USWNT against Sweden on Jan.21, 2011.
Leroux played high school soccer at Johnson Heights Secondary School in Surrey, B.C., and was the team’s leading scorer as both a sophomore and as a freshman. She became the youngest player, at age 15, to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and she helped Team B.C. win a championship in the 2005 Canada games.