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Brandi Chastain

Category: Broadcasters, Soccer, Sports Moms, Women in Sports
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Biography:

Brandi Chastain is a former professional soccer player made famous by her game winning penalty kick in the United States’ gold medal win in the 1999 Women’s FIFA World Cup. Over her illustrious career, Brandi would capture 2 Olympic gold medals and one silver medal as a part of the U.S. Women’s National team. Brandi and her U.S. teammates would also win 2 world Cups during her tenure as a player while Brandi played professionally for the San Jose CyberRays and FC Gold Pride.

As a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley in 1986, Sports Speaker Brandi was awarded the Soccer America’s Player of the Year Award before undergoing surgeries on both knees that would hinder her ability to participate in the next 2 seasons.  She would finish her collegiate career at Santa Clara and led the team to 2 Final Fours before winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the U.S. National team in 1991. Being a part of the first American victory at the women’s World Cup fueled Brandi’s career and she played a year of club soccer in Japan before helping the U.S. team win the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Of course no one will forget her game winning goal in the 1999 World Cup match on American soil after which she fell to her knees in tears of joy and ripped off her shirt to reveal her sports bra. Although somewhat controversial, the moment is etched in U.S. team sports history and Brandi was featured on the cover of multiple publications including Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Time magazines.

After playing in several attempts at professional women’s soccer leagues in the U.S. Brandi along with others created the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to keeping the spirit of women’s athletics alive through community programs and partnerships. In conjunction with this initiative Brandi also started her Reach Up! Foundation which provides an internet platform for young women to connect with other peers and celebrities about maintaining a positive healthy lifestyle. Since ending her playing career she has worked as a color commentator for multiple networks including NBC and their Olympic coverage, ESPN and ABC.