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The Equalizer’s NWSL Week 4 PotW: Sydney Leroux

Sydney Leroux scored the first hat trick in NWSL history. (Photo copyright: Linehan Photography for The Equalizer.)

Sydney Leroux is The Equalizer’s Week 4 National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week, as voted on by the site’s team of editors.

The honor comes after Leroux scored the first hat trick in NWSL history during the Boston Breakers’ 4-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars Saturday in Somerville.  After three games played, Leroux is now the league’s leading scorer with four goals, a total that’s help the Breakers remain unbeaten. Boston also join Portland Thorns FC as joint-league leaders in goals with seven.

U.S. women’s national team head coach Tom Sermanni was on hand to watch the Breakers win and commented on Leroux’s display of offensive firepower.

“The two goals in the second half tonight, the quality of the finishes were first class,” Sermanni said. “She’s certainly not a player that defenders want to play against.”

After the game, Leroux gave credit to her team in interviews and on Twitter as the Breakers continued to demonstrate a midfield firing on all cylinders.  Notably, Lianne Sanderson controlling the center of the field allowed Leroux to attack Chicago from all angles.

Breakers head coach Lisa Cole was particularly complimentary of Leroux’s approach:  “I liked how Syd was changing up her game, running in behind, and coming inside to get a goal.  It was a good performance.”

The Equalizer caught up with Leroux after Boston’s Tuesday morning practice at Dilboy Stadium.  Watch her describe her hat trick, discuss Breakers’ team goals, and look ahead to this weekend’s rematch against the Washington Spirit.

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Player of the Week Archive:

Week 1: Adrianna Franch, Western New York Flash

Week 2: Christine Sinclair, Portland Thorns FC

Week 3: Heather O’Reilly, Boston Breakers

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