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Sydney Leroux Alleges Racially Motivated Chants Directed at Her

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The USWNT striker contributed to the USA's 3-nil win over Canada yesterday, but not without a bit of controversy.

Michael Chang

Sydney Leroux has an interesting history with her national team career. For those that don't know, the Boston Breakers striker was born in Surrey, Canada (just outside Vancouver, BC). She played for the Whitecaps squads in both 2005 and 2011 as well as for Canada's U-20 team. She's also a very prolific striker. So, when she joined the USWNT by way of her father's citizenship instead of Canada, where she was born and raised, it was a bit of a shock to Canadian soccer fans.

That shock has now, apparently, devolved into something a bit worse:

I can't personally confirm or deny whether the fans at Toronto's BMO field actually did chant racial slurs at her, but it's a very serious concern regardless. Soccer has struggled with racism for decades throughout the world, most notably in Europe in recent years. MLS, Canada and the USA have been relatively easy going in this regard, with few recorded instances. Unfortunately, however, it appears that the anger in Canada over Leroux's decision to play of the USA is translating into something beyond just anger.

The USWNT, for their part, had a great game. Portland Thorns FC striker Alex Morgan netted the first two goals in the 70th and 72nd minutes.

What do you think of Sydney Leroux's claim? What about the USWNT's win yesterday?