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Leroux returns to training weeks after giving birth

Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer kiss are expecting their first child in September. Leroux will miss the Olympics and the NWSL season. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Sydney Leroux is back to training just weeks after giving birth to her first child.

Leroux gave birth in early September to a baby boy, Cassius Cruz Dwyer. Leroux is married to Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer.

“The first couple sessions were a little discouraging but I feel like I’ve gotten better every day and I’m starting to feel a little bit more like myself which is a really nice feeling,” she said. “I am getting used to my body again, it went through a long ten months but I feel really good.”

Leroux was acquired by FC Kansas City via trade from the Western New York Flash in January, just two weeks before announcing that she was pregnant and would miss the NWSL season and would not compete for a spot at the Olympics.

In 2013, Leroux scored 11 goals in 19 games for the Boston Breakers before being traded to Seattle Reign FC in the offseason. She scored five goals in 22 games for Seattle and was traded to Western New York prior to the 2015 season after approaching Reign coach and GM Laura Harvey about her desire to be traded to Kansas City to be with her husband. Leroux played only three games for the Flash in 2015; she was limited by U.S. national team duty and a post-World Cup ankle surgery.

FC Kansas City teammate Amy Rodriguez also sat out 2016 while pregnant with her second child. Rodriguez hasn’t said anything publicly about her soccer plans going forward, but she was seen briefly in a U.S. Soccer video posted to Twitter last week.

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