“It is sad that people are inclined to write these incredibly negative comments, but I am not going to focus on them moving forward,” Leroux said. “Racism has no place in our beautiful game and we all need to come together to make sure no players are subjected to this kind of treatment in stadiums or on social media anywhere in the world. That said, the majority of fans have been extremely positive and I appreciate their support.”
The game was the first meeting of the teams since the semifinals of last year’s London Olympics, when a controversial decision by the referee contributed to a 4-3 U.S. win. Leroux received a yellow card for Sunday’s celebration.
“Maybe not the classiest of moves,” Canadian captain Christine Sinclair said after the game. “She scored on us, and an individual can do what they like. I probably wouldn’t have done the same, but we move on.”
Born in May 1990 in Surrey, British Columbia, Leroux moved to the Seattle area in 2005 and then to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2007. She switched her soccer allegiance to the U.S. in 2008.
Leroux’s father, Ray Chadwick, is Black and pitched in seven games for the California Angels in 1986. Her mother Sandi was a third baseman for Canada’s softball team at the 1987 Pan American Games.
In this Aug. 3, 2012, file photo, United States’ Sydney Leroux, right, passes by New Zealand’s Rebecca Smith during a women’s soccer match at the Summer Olympics at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)
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