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 national 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 in 2010
|Full name||Brandi Denise Chastain|
|Date of birth||July 21, 1968|
|Place of birth||San Jose, California, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder, Forward|
|1986||California Golden Bears||(15)|
|1989–1990||Santa Clara Broncos||(32)|
|1993||Shiroki FC Serena|
|2001–2003||San Jose CyberRays||52||(7)|
|2009||FC Gold Pride|
* 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)
This article is missing information about 1991, 1995, and 1999 Women's World Cups.July 2019)(
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 born and raised in San Jose, California and began playing soccer at the age of eight. 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. Chastain attended Archbishop Mitty High School and helped lead the team to three consecutive state championships.
California Golden Bears, 1986Edit
Chastain attended University of California, Berkeley where she played as a forward for the Golden Bears and scored 15 goals as a freshman. 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. Soon after, she underwent reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgeries on both knees which caused her to miss the 1987 and 1988 seasons.
Santa Clara Broncos, 1989–1990Edit
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. Chastain scored ten goals for the Broncos during the regular season. In 1990, she was a national scoring leader with 22 goals (50 points) and helped the Broncos to a 18–1–1 record. The same year, she was named the ISAA Player of the Year.
Of her 192 international career caps, Chastain played 89 primarily as a defender but occasionally as a midfielder. 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.
1991 FIFA Women's World CupEdit
1996 Summer OlympicsEdit
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. She played every minute of the U.S.' games despite suffering a third serious knee injury during the semifinal against Norway. The Americans won the gold medal after defeating China 2–1 in the final.
Shiroki FC, 1993Edit
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.
San Jose CyberRays, 2001–2003Edit
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. Chastain started in all 19 games in which she played during the regular season, scored 2 goals, and provided 5 assists. During the playoffs, she started in both games and scored two goals.
The CyberRays finished in fifth place during the 2002 season with a 8–8–5 record. Chastain started in all 18 games in which she played, scored 4 goals, and provided 3 assists. During the 2003 season, Chastain started in all 15 games as a defender, scored 1 goal, and provided 4 assists. San Jose finished in sixth place during the regular season with a 7–10–4 record.
FC Gold Pride, 2009Edit
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. She was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 WPS Draft. She started in five of the ten games in which she played. The Pride finished in last place during the regular season with a 4–10–6 record. Chastain was released by the team in February 2010.
In 2014 Chastain started coaching soccer at Bellarmine College Preparatory where she is now the varsity head coach. In 2018 she would lead Bellarmine to their first CCS open division championship title.
|Shiroki F.C. Serena||1993||L. League|
|Bay Area CyberRays||2001||WUSA|
|San Jose CyberRays||2002|
|FC Gold Pride||2009||WPS||10||5||450||0||0||–||–||–||–||–||10||5||450||0||0|
In popular cultureEdit
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. 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. The image of her celebration has been considered one of the more famous photographs of a woman celebrating an athletic victory. 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.'"
In 2019, her celebration was commemorated with a statue outside the stadium where it occurred. 
Television and filmEdit
Chastain has been featured on numerous television shows including The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, and Good Morning America. In February 2001, Chastain appeared on an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! and won with one dollar. The children's cancer research organization that she played for received $15,000. In 2007, Chastain appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team. 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.
Magazines and booksEdit
Following the 1999 World Cup, photos of Chastain's goal celebration were featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Time, and Newsweek as well as numerous newspapers around the world. In 2015, the Sports Illustrated cover was voted as the second most iconic cover in the history of the magazine. The same year, she posed nude except for soccer cleats and a strategically placed soccer ball for Gear Magazine. In November 2008, she was featured in Runner's World.
Following the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, Chastain signed a number of endorsement deals, including Nike. She was the official spokesperson for Pfizer's (legacy Wyeth) multivitamin product Centrum Ultra. In July 2016, she partnered with pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. to promote education and awareness about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In 1999, she was featured on the Wheaties box. She has appeared in television commercials for Nike, Bud Light, and Gatorade.
Chastain has worked as a color commentator for soccer matches on two networks. She broadcast for NBC Sports during the 2008 and 2012 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.
Chastain married Santa Clara Broncos head coach Jerry Smith on June 9, 1996. Their son, Jaden Chastain Smith, was born in June 2006. She is stepmother to Smith's older son, Cameron. In March 2016, Chastain announced that she would donate her brain after death for concussion research.
- List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers
- List of Olympic medalists in football
- List of 1996 Summer Olympics medal winners
- List of 2000 Summer Olympics medal winners
- List of 2004 Summer Olympics medal winners
- List of FC Gold Pride players
- List of ESPN Major League Soccer personalities
- List of MLS Cup broadcasters
- Olympics on NBC commentators
- List of athletes on Wheaties boxes
- USWNT All-Time Best XI
- Bell, Jack (December 20, 2013). "U.S. Soccer Releases All-Time Best National Teams". The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan latest U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fameinductees". ESPN. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
- 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 March 27, 2017.
- Nelson, Murry R. (May 23, 2013). 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.
- "Olympian and World Cup Champion Brandi Chastain Joins Soccer Coaching Staff". Bellarmine College Preparatory. November 7, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain". Santa Clara University. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "soccer profile: Brandi Chastain". Soccertimes.com. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved January 11, 2007.
- Roberson, Doug (July 24, 2016). "U.S. women blazed trail with inaugural soccer gold". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
-  Archived March 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Yannis, Alex (August 26, 2001). "CyberRays' Finishing Kick Wins W.U.S.A." The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain - 2001 WUSA". WUSA. Archived from the original on October 7, 2001. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "2002 WUSA Regular Season Standings". Soccer Times. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "2002 San Jose CyberRays Statistics". WUSA. Archived from the original on March 14, 2003. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "2003 San Jose CyberRays Statistics". USA Today. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "2003 WUSA Standings". USA Today. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain back on field at age 40". ESPN. April 3, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- Almond, Elliott (January 16, 2009). "Brandi Chastain, 40, drafted by Bay Area's FC Gold Pride". The Mercury News. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain". SoccerWay. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "2009 WPS Regular Season". SoccerWay. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "FC Gold Pride Releases Brandi Chastain". Bleacher Report. February 12, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Soccer: Talent, staff that includes Brandi Chastain has Bellarmine eyeing another crown". The Mercury News. February 10, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
- Bell, The (March 19, 2019). "Brandi Chastain Profile". The Bell. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
- Roberts, Jacob (2017). "Women's work". Distillations. 3 (1): 6–11. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "News & Stories | U.S. Soccer Official Website".
- Jere Longman (July 5, 2003). "The Sports Bra Seen Round the World". New York Times.
- 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time #14
- United States Olympic Committee – Chastain, Brandi Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Rose Bowl statue honors Brandi Chastain's '99 World Cup win". NBC Sports. July 11, 2019. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
- "Lou Diamond Phillips, Brandi Chastain, and Peter Cincotti". TV.com. July 9, 2003. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Athletes on The Tonight Show with Leno". Sports Illustrated. January 11, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "U.S. women continue tour, appear on Letterman". Athens Banner-Herald. July 21, 1999. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "GMA LIVE! (06.02.14) Ginger Zee sits down with U.S. soccer pro Brandi Chastain". Good Morning America. June 2, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- Johnston, Andy (March 29, 2016). "Q&A on the News". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Names In The News". Sports Business Daily. February 12, 2001. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- Peterson, Anne M. (March 3, 2016). "Brandi Chastain pledges her brain for concussion study". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain: A Tribute to a Champion". Footwork Entertainment. December 2, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- Gee, Alison (July 13, 2014). "Why Women's World Cup champion Brandi Chastain bared her bra". BBC. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
- "USWNT legend Brandi Chastain reflects on her iconic SI cover". Sports Illustrated. May 19, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
- Davis, David (June 8, 2015). "How The Most Iconic Photo In Women's Soccer Was Almost Never Taken". Deadspin. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
- "'Miracle on Ice' voted SI's most iconic cover of all time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
- Strout, Erin. "I'm A Runner: Brandi Chastain". Runner's World (November 2008). Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain: It's Not About the Bra". BBC. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
- Gerhart, Ann (July 14, 1999). "Chastain Lifts Sports Apparel Market". Washington Post. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Nourishamerica.org" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 27, 2011.
- "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 March 27, 2017.
- "World Cup Wheaties Winners". People Magazine. January 21, 1999. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- Gioia, Joe (February 12, 2000). "The $126 million man". Salon. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- James, K.D. (July 6, 2010). "The 20 Worst Athlete Commercials of All Time". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "The Gatorade Company Says 'Thank You' to Soccer Star Mia Hamm". Gatorade. September 1, 2004. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "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.
- "Olympic viewing: no need for soccer tweet war - Olympics - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. July 31, 2012.
- 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Commentators – ESPN MediaZone. Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Chapin, Dwight (May 8, 1997). "Brandi Chastain puts honeymoon on hold because of her involvement". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- Lehner, Marla (June 22, 2006). "Soccer Star Brandi Chastain Has a Boy". People Magazine. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- "Brandi Chastain: Kids 'Give Me the Ability to Be Happy'". People Magazine. July 21, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- Brennan, Christine (March 3, 2016). "Soccer icon Brandi Chastain agrees to donate brain for concussion research". USA Today. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
- 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
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brandi Chastain.|