Actually, don't answer that. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. And already I've started out petty.
But that's one of the great things about sports, right? Banter is a beautiful thing. There would be something wrong if Leroux didn't take any heat for choosing to wear a U.S. jersey. And sure, there is a case made for disloyalty, no one doubts that. Unfortunately, social media has exponentially accelerated the spitfire toward public figures, which can sometimes be over the top, if not downright abusive. But, it exists, and will continue to through the many portals that make celebrities so accessible - particularly in sports.
So after the tireless hate she's endured, imagine how Leroux felt putting that ball in the back of the net in front of thousands of fans in red boo-ing her. Pretty freaking awesome, probably.
And how about the comments from one very articulate announcer on a Canadian station: "You can have her. That's too American for me."
The reason this entire ordeal is so frustrating is because what Sydney Leroux did was great. It was just as great as the heckling in Toronto's BMO Field that came from the Canadian fans (racial comments, if they did exist, aside). Because that's the best part of all sport: passion. As Leroux stated, the atmosphere on Sunday was "great for women's soccer".
So, why is her celebration deemed "classless" by many? Why did she get a yellow card? Is it because she's female?
From a country whose most beloved sport encourages fist fights in the run of play (how about those Boston Bruins?!), you would think Leroux's emotion after her goal would be nothing short of "part of the game".
Drama and harsh opinions will always be a part of sports. Double standards should not be.