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Brandi Chastain    

Defender on the U.S. Women's 1999 World Cup Champion Soccer Team

Brandi Chastain is an iconic U.S. sporting figure. Chastain and her U.S. teammates brought women’s soccer to the masses during the 1999 Women's World Cup finals. That's when Chastain scored a goal on a penalty kick after the second overtime of the U.S. versus China match and struck her famous pose. She was photographed on her knees, mouth wide open, eyes closed, fists in the air, wearing a black sports bra, and white soccer shorts. Her celebration pose was featured in magazines and newspapers around the world. After that, Chastain became a household name. People knew her for her sports bra, but she's much more than that. She is a devoted wife, a mom, coach, an author, philanthropist, and more.

Chastain has been one of the best ambassadors for soccer during her playing and post playing career. She has faced adversity while winning Two World Cups, Two Olympic Golds, One Olympic Silver, the Inaugural WUSA Championship, and recorded 192 caps in her International Career. In 2018, she was elected into the US Soccer Hall of Fame. 2024 will mark the 25th Anniversary of her iconic Penalty Kick.

Chastain is now the Director and a Coach of the California Thorns Soccer Academy and also devotes her time to a non-profit she started called BAWSI. She also is a founding member of the newest NWSL club Bay FC which will begin play this March.


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Brandi Chastain, whose iconic celebration at the 1999 Women’s World Cup became a lasting symbol of power and success in women’s sports, announced Thursday morning that she has decided to donate her brain after death to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to be studied by the renowned Boston University CTE program.

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