Women's Sport: Sydney Leroux wants more support for mothers in NWSL

Orlando Pride’s Sydney Leroux wants more to be done for mothers who play in the National Women’s Soccer League – America’s top division.

Leroux, a mother of two, gave birth to her second child in June 2019 but returned to playing just three months later for her club. 

She is married to Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer and gave birth to her first child, a son in September 2016. The forward told Forbes she earns less playing in the NWSL last year than she spent on babysitters. 

“Far too often we see women having to make a choice between motherhood and their career,” she wrote on Twitter.

The league has no assurance on maternity leave, with a maximum wage for players set at £38,655, and a minimum of £15,462. However, if a player is called up to play for the country’s national team – something Leroux has done 77 times – they can earn £77,310 more.

She last played for America in 2017.

The 29-year-old, who won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics and who was part of the US team that won the World Cup in 2015, posted her interview with Forbes on social media, saying:

“I want to preface this by saying that I know my situation is different.

“That’s why it’s so important to me to advocate for other mothers and women in the NWSL who have children or want to have children and want to continue chasing their dreams.

“It would be very sad to lose out on the talent we have because they feel like they can’t do both.”

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