On a day when the United States Women's National Team made international headlines, Breakers' forward Sydney Leroux stood at the forefront of her team's weekend victory. Leroux scored a pair of first-half goals - including an acrobatic volley in the 15th minute - to guide the USWNT to a decisive 4-1 win over Brazil.
After braving a high-energy first 15 minutes, U.S. midfielder Stephanie Cox played a lofting cross onto the back post, where Breakers' midfielder Heather O'Reilly stretched to touch the pass across the goal. Leroux charged onto the far post, extended her left foot and emphatically finished the pass into an open net.
In the 36th minute, following a penalty-kick goal from Abby Wambach and a close-range header from Brazilian veteran Rosana, Leroux added a second tally to her impressive evening. This time, Leroux used a deep run on the left side to gradually cut into the box, setting up a dangerous run at goal. The Canadian-born U.S. International avoided a late tackle, took a touch around goalkeeper Thais and slotted a shot to the middle of the goal.
For Leroux, the weekend double-dip represented goals 23 and 24, respectively, of her international career, continuing an outstanding introduction to a seemingly bright future. After setting up Leroux's first goal, O'Reilly moved into 7th all-time in USWNT assists.
The United States added a fourth goal in the 76th minute, when FC Kansas City midfielder and NWSL Rookie of the Year Erika Tymrak scored on a low-driving shot to the bottom-left corner. The goal represented Tymrak's first international tally in just her second career cap.
The USWNT will not meet again until 2014, capping an undefeated year (13-0-3) with double-digit fixtures for the just the second time in team history.
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