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Published:November 9th, 2006 16:43 EST
Brandi Chastain a Role Model for Young Women

Brandi Chastain a Role Model for Young Women

By Catherine Kemp

Brandi Chastain was born on July 21, 1968, in San Jose, CA. She is a role model for young women around the world. In 1986, Chastain won the Soccer American Freshman Player of the Year award at the University of California, Berkeley.  She then transferred to Santa Clara University after having knee surgery where she led them to two NCAA Final Four appearances before graduating in 1990. 

Chastain was on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team from 1991-2004; during which the team won two gold medals and a silver medal in various Olympics, two World Cup championships, and a third place finish in the World Cup. Overall, she played 192 games with the national team, scored thirty goals, had 24 assists, and 140 caps (games against foreign teams). 

On July 10, 1999, Chastain went down in history when she ripped her shirt off after scoring the fifth penalty kick to give the U.S. a win over China in the World Cup. 

“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’” she said about the incident. 

In addition to being on the national soccer team, Brandi Chastain played on the San Jose CyberRays from its formation in 2001 until its ending in 2003. She won the league title, the Founder’s Cup, while on the CyberRays. 

Ms. Chastain is now the assistant coach of the Santa Clara University girls’ soccer team. She is married to Jerry Smith, who is the head coach.