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Soccer star Sydney Leroux says pregnancy will keep her from 2016 Rio Olympics

For soccer star Sydney Leroux, there's just one thing holding her back from taking the leap toward Rio this summer.
/ Source: TODAY

While becoming an Olympian is an unattainable dream for most of us, if we had a chance at making it to the legendary international stage, we'd jump at the chance. For soccer star Sydney Leroux — who already nabbed an Olympic gold medal in 2012 — there's just one thing holding her back from taking the leap toward Rio this summer.

Leroux, 25, took to Instagram Tuesday to share the news that she and her husband, fellow professional soccer player Dom Dwyer, are expecting a baby. The photo, which she captioned, "Surprise! My plans have changed for this summer. @Ddwyer14 and I are so excited to announce...," features baby shoes and a pacifier lying on grass.

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Leroux is due in September, and while fans are celebrating her pregnancy, they are also saddened by the revelation that Leroux, who plays for FC Kansas City and was on the 2015 championship United States' World Cup team, will not be able to compete for the chance to represent the U.S. in Brazil come August. As one fan aptly commented, "Bittersweet news."

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Leroux is the second player who announced she will be unable to compete in Rio, following FC Kansas City teammate Amy Rodriguez, who revealed her pregnancy earlier this month.

The soon-to-be mom may be missing these upcoming Olympic games, but it seems like there's a pretty good chance her new little one may take after mom and dad one day and end up a soccer star, too.

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