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10 Quick Questions With Sydney Leroux

Dylan Coulter

You could say Sydney Leroux is a social media darling. She keeps fans and followers abreast of all her comings and goings, whether that includes jumping off a cliff in Hawaii with friend and teammate Alex Morgan or posting a family portrait with her husband, Major League Soccer player Dom Dwyer, and longtime companion, Boss (her adorable Chihuahua who is no social media slouch himself with nearly 9,000 followers on Twitter).

But Leroux will be the first to tell you she likes to let her actions speak the loudest for her, and on the field, it's her hustle and beastly determination that do most of the talking.

And while all of social media awaits how she'll celebrate a goal (think back to her reaction after scoring in the 2012 Olympics), what matters most to Leroux is helping her team bring home a World Cup title to the United States.

Before she headed to Canada for the start of the tournament, Leroux chatted with espnW about when she developed her all-out playing style, why she wears the No. 2 and what she'd tell a teenage version of herself.

espnW: First off, how's Boss?

Sydney Leroux: Boss is currently with my husband in Kansas City, so he's doing pretty well.

espnW: How excited are you to play in your first World Cup?

SL: I'm so excited. It's definitely a dream come true. All the things you go through, the hard times, the good times, it all leads up to this moment.

espnW: Going back to the London Olympics, your reaction after scoring against New Zealand was priceless. What do you think you'll do when you score in the World Cup?

SL: I don't know. If and when that happens, I'll probably have another freak-out like the Olympics.

espnW: Do you remember your very first goal as a kid?

SL: I don't. I just remember scoring a bunch of them. I remember doing everything I possibly could to score. I played very much like I do now.

espnW: When you were 14, you made a life-changing decision to move from Canada to the United States to pursue soccer. If you could go back and talk to your 14-year-old self, what would you tell her?

SL: I would just say keep going. That it's going to be hard. There are going to be tough times and you'll want to give up, [but] it'll all be worth it.

espnW: What drives you?

SL: A lot of things. My family, my mom, my husband, my friends. I want to put everything on the field for them. I don't want any regrets because you never know if this is your last World Cup or even the last time you play soccer.

espnW: What is it like wearing the USA jersey?

SL: It's an honor and also a reminder of how hard we all work, how hard we've worked to be able to put on that jersey and represent the United States in the biggest tournament in women's soccer.

espnW: You played baseball growing up. If you still played today, what would your walk-up song be?

SL: Beyoncé's "7/11."

espnW: Why do you wear No. 2?

SL: It's a family thing. My mom and her three older brothers, when they played baseball, always had No. 2 at the end of the number -- 22, 32, 42 -- because it rhymes with our last name. I've been No. 2 for a while now.

espnW: What is your favorite quote?

SL: There's one on my arm: "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." You know, speaking with your actions.