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Brandi Chastain
Brandi Chastain ESPN Weekend 2010.jpg
Chastain in 2010
Personal information
Full name Brandi Denise Chastain
Date of birth (1968-07-21) July 21, 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth San Jose, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder, Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 California Golden Bears (15)
1989–1990 Santa Clara Broncos (32)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Shiroki FC Serena
2001–2003 San Jose CyberRays 52 (7)
2009 FC Gold Pride
2010 California Storm
National team
1988–2004 United States 192 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:56, October 14, 2009 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:56, October 14, 2009 (UTC)

Brandi Denise Chastain (born July 21, 1968) is an American retired soccer player, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold-medalist, coach, and sports broadcaster. She played for the United States women's national soccer team from 1988–2004. In her 192 caps on the team, she scored 30 goals playing primarily in the defender and midfielder positions. She scored a World Cup-winning penalty shootout goal against China in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final.

Chastain played professionally for Shiroki FC in the Japan Women's Football League, the San Jose CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association, FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer, and California Storm of Women's Premier Soccer League.

Chastain was named to the USWNT All-Time Best XI in 2013.[1] In March 2017, she was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chastain was born and raised in San Jose, California and began playing soccer at the age of eight.[3] Because there was no girls soccer team available for her to play on at Davis Junior High School, she played for the boys' soccer team after a successful tryout.[4] Chastain attended Archbishop Mitty High School and helped lead the team to three consecutive state championships.[4][5]

Playing career[edit]

Collegiate[edit]

California Golden Bears, 1986[edit]

Chastain attended University of California, Berkeley where she played as a forward for the Golden Bears and scored 15 goals as a freshman.[6] Following her first and only year with the Bears, she was named All-American and earned Freshman Player Of The Year honors by Soccer America.[4][6] Soon after, she underwent reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgeries on both knees which caused her to miss the 1987 and 1988 seasons.[4]

Santa Clara Broncos, 1989–1990[edit]

After transferring to Santa Clara University ahead of the 1989 season, Chastain helped lead the Broncos to two consecutive Final Four NCAA College Cup appearances (for the first time ever) in 1989 and 1990.[6] Chastain scored ten goals for the during the regular season.[6] In 1990, she was a national scoring leader with 22 goals (50 points) and helped the Broncos to a 18–1–1 record.[6] The same year, she was named the ISAA Player of the Year.[6]

International[edit]

Of her 192 international career caps, Chastain played 89 primarily as a defender but occasionally as a midfielder.[7] On June 1, 1988, she earned her first cap for the United States women's national soccer team during a match against Japan. She scored her first international goal on April 18, 1991. After coming in as a substitute forward, she scored five consecutive goals in the team's 12–0 win against Mexico during the 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship.[citation needed]

1991 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

The U.S. went on to win the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup in China.

1996 Summer Olympics[edit]

Playing as a defender, Chastain competed with the national team at the 1996 Women's Olympic Football Tournament in Atlanta, the first Olympic tournament to include women's soccer.[8] She played every minute of the U.S.' games despite suffering a third serious knee injury during the semifinal against Norway.[7] The Americans won the gold medal after defeating China 2–1 in the final.[8]

Club[edit]

Shiroki FC, 1993[edit]

In 1993, Chastain played club soccer for one season in Japan's L.League for Shiroki FC. She earned team most valuable player (MVP) honors and was the only foreigner to be named one of the league's top 11 players.[9]

San Jose CyberRays, 2001–2003[edit]

Following the success of the 1999 FIFA Women's Cup, Chastain was a founding player in the Women's United Soccer Association, the first professional women's soccer league in the United States. She played for the San Jose CyberRays all three years of the league's existence. During the league's inaugural season, she helped the team finish second in the regular season with a 11–6–4 record securing a berth to the playoffs. The team eventually won the league's championship title after defeating the Atlanta Beat in penalty kicks.[10] Chastain started in all 19 games in which she played during the regular season, scored 2 goals, and provided 5 assists.[11] During the playoffs, she started in both games and scored two goals.[11]

The CyberRays finished in fifth place during the 2002 season with a 8–8–5 record.[12] Chastain started in all 18 games in which she played, scored 4 goals, and provided 3 assists.[13] During the 2003 season, Chastain started in all 15 games as a defender, scored 1 goal, and provided 4 assists.[14] San Jose finished in sixth place during the regular season with a 7–10–4 record.[15]

FC Gold Pride, 2009[edit]

In 2009 at age 40, Chastain played as a midfielder for FC Gold Pride in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), the second professional women's soccer league in the United States.[16] She was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 WPS Draft.[17] She started in five of the ten games in which she played.[18] The Pride finished in last place during the regular season with a 4–10–6 record.[19] Chastain was released by the team in February 2010.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

Nation Year International Appearances
Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists
United States 1988 2 0 87 0 0
1991 13 4 546 7 1
1993 2 0 84 0 1
1996 23 23 1,961 2 7
1997 15 15 1,319 2 2
1998 24 22 1,891 5 4
1999 27 21 2,035 5 5
2000 34 32 2,520 4 3
2001 3 3 250 0 0
2002 15 14 1,061 4 0
2003 14 13 1,080 1 1
2004 20 13 1,149 0 2
Career Total 12 192 160 13,983 30 26

Club[edit]

Team Season League Domestic
League
Domestic
Playoffs
Total
Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists Apps Starts Minutes Goals Assists
Shiroki F.C. Serena 1993 L. League
Total
Bay Area CyberRays 2001 WUSA
San Jose CyberRays 2002
2003
Total
FC Gold Pride 2009 WPS 10 5 450 0 0 10 5 450 0 0
Total 10 5 450 0 0 10 5 450 0 0
California Storm 2010 WPSL 5 3 5 5 3 5
Career Total 15 5 450 3 5 15 5 450 3 5

In popular culture[edit]

Goal celebration[edit]

On July 10, 1999, at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, after scoring the fifth kick in the penalty shootout to give the United States the win over China in the final game, Chastain celebrated by spontaneously whipping off her jersey and falling to her knees in a sports bra, her fists clenched, flexing her arms.[21] Removing a jersey in celebration of a goal is so common in men's soccer that it has, at times, been cause for an automatic yellow card caution, according to the Laws of the Game.[22] The image of her celebration has been considered one of the more famous photographs of a woman celebrating an athletic victory.[23][24] Chastain described the celebration as "momentary insanity, nothing more, nothing less. I wasn't thinking about anything. I thought, 'This is the greatest moment of my life on the soccer field.'"[25]

Television and film[edit]

Chastain has been featured on numerous television shows including The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,[26] The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,[27] Late Show with David Letterman,[28] and Good Morning America.[29] In February 2001, Chastain appeared on an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! and won with one dollar.[30] The children's cancer research organization that she played for received $15,000.[31] In 2007, Chastain appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team.[32] The 44-minute film, Brandi Chastain: A Tribute to a Champion was broadcast on Fox Soccer in December 2010 and focused on Chastain's testimonial game that occurred in October of the same year.[33]

Magazines and books[edit]

Following the 1999 World Cup, photos of Chastain's goal celebration were featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Time, and Newsweek[34][35] as well as numerous newspapers around the world.[36] In 2015, the Sports Illustrated cover was voted as the second most iconic cover in the history of the magazine.[37] The same year, she posed nude except for soccer cleats and a strategically placed soccer ball for Gear Magazine.[7] In November 2008, she was featured in Runner's World.[38]

In 2005, Chastain's book, It's Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back Into Competitive Sports (ISBN 006076600X) was published by HarperCollins.[39]

Endorsements[edit]

Following the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, Chastain signed a number of endorsement deals, including Nike.[40][41] She was the official spokesperson for Pfizer's (legacy Wyeth) multivitamin product Centrum Ultra.[42] In July 2016, she partnered with pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. to promote education and awareness about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).[43] In 1999, she was featured on the Wheaties box.[44] She has appeared in television commercials for Nike,[45] Bud Light,[46] and Gatorade.[47]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Chastain in 2003

Chastain has worked as a color commentator for soccer matches on two networks. She broadcast for NBC Sports during the 2008[48] and 2012[49] Summer Olympics. Her work with ABC/ESPN has included Major League Soccer matches and being part of a rotation of studio commentators for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[50]

Personal life[edit]

Chastain married Santa Clara Broncos head coach Jerry Smith on June 9, 1996.[51] Their son, Jaden Chastain Smith, was born in June 2006.[52] She is stepmother to Smith's older son, Cameron.[53] In March 2016, Chastain announced that she would donate her brain after death for concussion research.[54]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bell, Jack (December 20, 2013). "U.S. Soccer Releases All-Time Best National Teams". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan latest U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fameinductees". ESPN. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Emmons, Mark (May 11, 2003). "After losing her mother and father to unexpected deaths over the last seven months, U.S. star Brandi Chastain seeks new sources of strength". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Nelson, Murry R. "American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas [4 Volumes]: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas". ABC-CLIO. pp. 230–232. ISBN 0313397538. 
  5. ^ "Olympian and World Cup Champion Brandi Chastain Joins Soccer Coaching Staff". Bellarmine College Preparatory. November 7, 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Brandi Chastain". Santa Clara University. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "soccer profile: Brandi Chastain". Soccertimes.com. 
  8. ^ a b Roberson, Doug (24 July 2016). "U.S. women blazed trail with inaugural soccer gold". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived March 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Yannis, Alex (August 26, 2001). "CyberRays' Finishing Kick Wins W.U.S.A.". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Brandi Chastain - 2001 WUSA". WUSA. Archived from the original on 7 October 2001. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "2002 WUSA Regular Season Standings". Soccer Times. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "2002 San Jose CyberRays Statistics". WUSA. Archived from the original on 14 March 2003. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "2003 San Jose CyberRays Statistics". USA Today. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "2003 WUSA Standings". USA Today. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Brandi Chastain back on field at age 40". ESPN. April 3, 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  17. ^ Almond, Elliott (January 16, 2009). "Brandi Chastain, 40, drafted by Bay Area’s FC Gold Pride". The Mercury News. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Brandi Chastain". SoccerWay. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "2009 WPS Regular Season". SoccerWay. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  20. ^ "FC Gold Pride Releases Brandi Chastain". Bleacher Report. February 12, 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  21. ^ Roberts, Jacob (2017). "Women's work". Distillations. 3 (1): 6–11. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  22. ^ http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2014/03/17/13/47/removing-the-jersey-while-celebrating-a-goal
  23. ^ Jere Longman (July 5, 2003). "The Sports Bra Seen Round the World". New York Times. 
  24. ^ 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time #14
  25. ^ United States Olympic Committee – Chastain, Brandi Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ "Lou Diamond Phillips, Brandi Chastain, and Peter Cincotti". TV.com. July 9, 2003. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "Athletes on The Tonight Show with Leno". Sports Illustrated. January 11, 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  28. ^ "U.S. women continue tour, appear on Letterman". Athens Banner-Herald. July 21, 1999. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  29. ^ "GMA LIVE! (06.02.14) Ginger Zee sits down with U.S. soccer pro Brandi Chastain". Good Morning America. June 2, 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  30. ^ Johnston, Andy (March 29, 2016). "Q&A on the News". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  31. ^ "Names In The News". Sports Business Daily. February 12, 2001. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  32. ^ Peterson, Anne M. (March 3, 2016). "Brandi Chastain pledges her brain for concussion study". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  33. ^ "Brandi Chastain: A Tribute to a Champion". Footwork Entertainment. December 2, 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  34. ^ Gee, Alison (13 July 2014). "Why Women's World Cup champion Brandi Chastain bared her bra". BBC. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  35. ^ "USWNT legend Brandi Chastain reflects on her iconic SI cover". Sports Illustrated. May 19, 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  36. ^ Davis, David (June 8, 2015). "How The Most Iconic Photo In Women's Soccer Was Almost Never Taken". Deadspin. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  37. ^ "'Miracle on Ice' voted SI's most iconic cover of all time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  38. ^ Strout, Erin. "I'm A Runner: Brandi Chastain". Runner's World (November 2008). Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  39. ^ "Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra". BBC. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  40. ^ Longman, Jere (July 5, 2003). "The Sports Bra Seen Round the World". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  41. ^ Gerhart, Ann (July 14, 1999). "Chastain Lifts Sports Apparel Market". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  42. ^ "Nourishamerica.org" (PDF). 
  43. ^ "World-Renowned Soccer Player Brandi Chastain Partners with AbbVie to Raise Awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Share Personal Story". Abbvie. July 19, 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  44. ^ "World Cup Wheaties Winners". People Magazine. January 21, 1999. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  45. ^ Gioia, Joe (February 12, 2000). "The $126 million man". Salon. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  46. ^ James, K.D. (July 6, 2010). "The 20 Worst Athlete Commercials of All Time". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  47. ^ "The Gatorade Company Says 'Thank You' to Soccer Star Mia Hamm". Gatorade. September 1, 2004. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  48. ^ "Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup – A blog on sports media, news and networks – baltimoresun.com". Weblogs.baltimoresun.com. March 23, 2011. Archived from the original on August 3, 2008. 
  49. ^ "Olympic viewing: no need for soccer tweet war - Olympics - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. July 31, 2012. 
  50. ^ 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Commentators – ESPN MediaZone. Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  51. ^ Chapin, Dwight (May 8, 1997). "Brandi Chastain puts honeymoon on hold because of her involvement". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  52. ^ Lehner, Marla (June 22, 2006). "Soccer Star Brandi Chastain Has a Boy". People Magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  53. ^ "Brandi Chastain: Kids 'Give Me the Ability to Be Happy'". People Magazine. July 21, 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  54. ^ Brennan, Christine (March 3, 2016). "Soccer icon Brandi Chastain agrees to donate brain for concussion research". USA Today. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Carlson Berne, Emma (2016), What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women's Soccer, Capstone Classroom, ISBN 0756552974
  • Chastain, Brandi (2005), It's Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back Into Competitive Sports, HarperCollins, ISBN 006076600X
  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Kassouf, Jeff (2011), Girls Play to Win Soccer, Norwood House Press, ISBN 1599534649
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Longman, Jere (2009), The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How it Changed the World, HarperCollins, ISBN 0061877689
  • Medlock Adams, Michelle (2005), Brandi Chastain: Not Just One of the Boys, Mitchell Lane Publishers, ISBN 1612288758

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