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US Soccer player Sydney Leroux says she was object of racial abuse on Twitter

American women's national team forward Sydney Leroux says she was the object of a series of racist, sexist and xenophobic tweets in recent days and that her provocative celebration after her weekend goal against Canada was a response to the abuse.

After scoring the final goal during stoppage time in Sunday's 3-0 exhibition win at Toronto's BMO Field, the 23-year-old player raised the U.S. Soccer Federation crest on her jersey toward the crowd, then put a finger to her mouth as if to silence the fans.

Born in British Columbia, Leroux moved to the U.S. as a teenager and was taunted with chants of "Judas" during the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver last year.

Leroux says "it is sad that people are inclined to write these incredibly negative comments."