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Originally published Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

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New faces: Sydney Leroux

Reign star is Canadian-born but there’s no doubting her allegiance to U.S. national women’s team.

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The Sounders are far from the only local soccer team undergoing a roster overhaul.

Reign FC, ahead of its second season in the NWSL, has made more than a dozen transactions following an up-and-down Year 1, and the centerpiece of the head-spinning action came in the trade acquisition of emerging U.S. national team star Sydney Leroux.

The dynamic forward scored 11 goals for Boston last season, second most in the league, and on the international scene netted a hat trick in nine minutes (four goals total) against Mexico in September. But not everyone knows Leroux was born in Surrey, British Columbia, and played for Canadian youth national teams. Her allegiance switch in 2008 has led to continued contention.

Loyalty can hardly be questioned, though, as Leroux scored against her birth country in June, and her celebration — hushing a sold-out crowd in Toronto and pointing to the U.S. Soccer badge on her jersey — was so passionate it sparked controversy.

Fiery but also immensely personable. Leroux is one of the most engaging American soccer stars on social media and even has a Twitter account for her dog, a Chihuahua named Boss, with more than 8,000 followers.

Joshua Mayers



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