On July 15, 2010 Brandi Chastain retired from professional soccer joining Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy among others.
Chastain played on the U.S. Women’s National team for 16 years, recording 30 international goals and 26 assists, and performed in three World Cups. She won two World Cups and two Olympic gold medals.
Of course, Brandi will always be known for ripping off her jersey after scoring the winning goal in penalty kicks during the 1999 World Cup Game for the U.S. Women’s National Team. It put Chastain on the covers of Newsweek, Time and Sports Illustrated and made Nike – the designers of her famous sports bra – a lot of money.
This World Cup game (held at the Rose Bowl) was the most-attended women’s sports event in history with an official attendance of 90,185. 18 million people watched the US beat China on ABC network alone. It is arguably the most important game in women’s professional soccer every played.
Chastain, 41, played for Bay Area’s FC Gold Pride in 2009, appearing in 10 games and starting 5 matches in the WPS Inaugural Season. She was released from the team in February.
Chastain confirmed her retirement on her website, www.BrandisWorld.com. In October, she’ll host her own retirement match in Santa Clara (Buck Shaw Stadium). The event, labeled her “Testimonial Match,” will feature former teammates Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy. The October 2nd game will benefit Chastain’s new Reach Up! Foundation, a mentoring program for girls.
Brandi Chastain was the inspiration for my local tournament team (FAME) that travels the globe from Australia to Italy looking for adventure and just good soccer. The Fame Football Club and I wish Brandi Chastain all the best in the next chapter of her life.