"I'm part of Athlete Ally because I believe in equality. I'm proud to use my platform as a professional athlete to stand up for what I believe in while fully sporting my friends, family and teammates, and anyone else in sports."
American women'snational soccer team forward Sydney Leroux said she was the object of a series of racist and sexist tweets in recent days and said her provocative celebration after her weekend goal against Canada was a response to the abuse.
The powerful United States women advanced to the soccer semifinals at the London 2012 Olympics with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Friday in Newcastle, England.
Abby Wambach scored the first goal in the 27th minute and Sydney Leroux added the icing on the cake with a beautiful goal in the 87th minute.