Sydney Leroux isn’t taking it easy on anyone, not even her own son.
In a hilarious post uploaded to the Orlando Pride star’s Instagram, Leroux is seen firing a shot at her son, Cassius, who is dutifully standing in goal. The banger seemed to take both Leroux and her son by surprise, with Cassius saying “that’s a hard hit” before Leroux apologizes (while laughing), conceding, “mommy doesn’t know her strength.”
Despite missing the first save, the aspiring soccer player quickly gathered himself, blocking his mom’s second attempt on goal.
Watch the adorable moment, which Leroux originally captioned, “Just building my confidence heading into the season.”
@justwomenssports “Mommy doesnt know her strength” 💀 (sydneyleroux/IG) ♬ original sound - Just Women’s Sports
“Mommy doesnt know her strength” 💀 (sydneyleroux/IG)
Leroux herself is coming off a landmark NWSL season with the Pride, notching eight goals and two assists, ranking sixth among the league’s top goal scorers.
The 2021 season marked a long-awaited and COVID-delayed comeback for Leroux, who gave birth to her daughter in 2019. Back on the pitch with Orlando, Leroux showed why the forward should never be counted out, leading the NWSL Golden Boot race at multiple points throughout the season.
With big names like Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger, Alex Morgan and Taylor Kornieck leaving Orlando in the off-season, Leroux will lead a 2022 Pride team that looks much different from the one of years past, a challenge the 31-year-old is almost certainly up for.