Brandi Chastain Biography, Age, Family, Net worth, Jersey

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Brandi Chastain Biography

Brandi Chastain 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 women’s national soccer team from 1988–2004.

Brandi Chastain

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.

Brandi Chastain Age

Brandi was born on July 21, 1968, in  San Jose, California. She is 50 years old as of 2018.

Brandi Chastain Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million dollars.

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Brandi Chastain Family/ Brandi Chastain Husband

Chastain married Jerry Smith (Santa Clara Broncos head coach) on June 9, 1996. They have two children, Jaden Chastain Smith born in June 2006 and a stepson called Cameron.

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Brandi Chastain Goal/ Brandi Chastain Celebration

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.

Brandi Chastain Brain

Chastain announced 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.

Chastain, 47, said she suffered two concussions while playing in college at California and Santa Clara but experienced no side effects and came right back into the game both times. She never shied away from heading the ball in her 40 years playing the game, and occasionally “saw stars,” adding that she “did what we all used to do and shook it off.” She said she suffers from no symptoms from those concussions and has experienced no signs of degenerative brain disease.

She is one of the rare women to offer her brain for research. Among 307 brains already studied by the BU School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs collaborative brain bank, only seven have been women, and none has been diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that is believed to be linked to concussions.

Brandi Chastain Broadcasting career

Chastain in 2003
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.

Brandi Chastain Television and film

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.

Brandi Chastain Endorsement

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.

Brandi Chastain San Jose CyberRays, 2001–2003

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 an 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 an 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.

Brandi Chastain FC Gold Pride, 2009

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.

Brandi Chastain Goal celebration

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.'”

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