Quick Take: Ms. Versatile, the totally two-footed Chastain has played in a team-leading number of matches this year - tied with Tiffeny Milbrett. She played forward on the 1991 Women's World Cup team, was left off the 1995 Women's World Cup team but was resurrected at left fullback for the 1996 Olympics. More recently, she has seen time at holding midfielder and attacking midfielder in the 4-3-3 formation and started at the left back position in the 1999 Women's World Cup. She skyrocketed to fame after her icy clutch penalty kick (followed by her jersey clutched in her hand) in the Women's World Cup Final and was featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Time and Newsweek.
U.S. National Team: A reserve forward in the first half of her national team career, she earned 89 of her 106 caps primarily at defender in 1996, '97, '98 and '99 ... 1999: Provided one of the greatest moments in the history of women's sports with her 1999 Women's World Cup clinching penalty kick on the USA's fifth shot in the Women's World Cup Final on July 10, 1999 at the Rose Bowl ... Graced the cover of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated after she peeled her shirt off in celebration following her winning kick ... Had one of the most eventful games in Women's World Cup history, scoring an own goal against Germany in just the 5th minute of the USA's Women's World Cup quarterfinal match, then gloriously redeemed herself with a second half goal that tied the game at 2-2 ... Named to the 1999 Women's World Cup All-Star Team ... Played in 27 games for the USA in 1999, scoring five goals with five assists ... Played in her 100th career game for the USA against Brazil in the semifinal of the Women's World Cup at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, not far from her hometown of San Jose, Calif. ... 1998: Played in 24 matches in 1998 and was third on the team in minutes played with 1,894 ... Scored five goals, four on penalty kicks, and had five assists ... Saw considerable action in midfield after playing defense since rejoining the national team in 1996 ... Helped the USA to the first-ever Goodwill Games gold medal in the Summer of '98 ... 1996: Member of the gold medal winning U.S. Women's National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games ... Started and played every minute of the USA's five matches at the '96 Olympics, despite suffering a serious knee injury in the semifinal against Norway ... Called into training camp with the national team in September 1995 after spending over two years away from the program ... A forward her entire youth, college and national team career, she converted to defender and started in the back for the USA on January 14, 1996, against Russia in Campinas, Brazil, after having not appeared for the national team since August 8, 1993 ... Made a seamless transition from striker to defense during the first part of 1996 and earned a starting spot on the Olympic Team ... Pre-1993: Member of the U.S. Women's National Team that won the first FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 1991, seeing action in two games while starting one ... Holds the distinction of coming on as a substitute and scoring five consecutive goals in the USA's 12-0 victory over Mexico in CONCACAF qualifying for the 1991 World Cup, her first international goals ... Finished the CONCACAF tournament with seven goals ... First Appearance: June 1, 1988, vs. Japan ... First Goal: April 18, 1991, vs. Mexico (scored five goals).
College/High School: Finished her college career at Santa Clara University in 1990, leading the Broncos to two Final Four appearances ... Named First-Team NSCAA All-American in 1990 and All-Far West in 1989 ... She attended the University of California-Berkeley in 1986, earning Soccer America Freshman of the Year honors where she teamed with U.S. teammate Joy Fawcett ... Sat out the 1987 and 1988 college seasons after having anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery on both of her knees before transferring to Santa Clara for her final two seasons ... Scored 33 goals and added eight assists in three years of college ... Attended Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose where she led the team to three straight state championships.
Club: Played professionally in Japan for Skiroki Serena in 1993, earning team MVP honors and was the only foreigner to be selected as one of the league's top 11 players in 1993 ... Played women's club for the Sacramento Storm, the 1997 Western Regional Champions.
Personal: Full name is Brandi Denise Chastain ... Assistant women's team coach at Santa Clara where she is married to the head coach, Jerry Smith ... Earned a degree in Television and Communications at Santa Clara ... Named as one of People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People of 1999 ... Also #97 on Street & Smith's 100 Most Powerful People in Sports for 1999 ... Enjoys snowboarding, drawing, visiting pet shelters and teaching herself new languages ... Posed for Gear Magazine prior to the Women's World Cup in her now-famous shoot wearing nothing but soccer cleats and a soccer ball ... Appeared on David Letterman before and after the Women's World Cup ... Threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium following the Women's World Cup victory ... Also honored at a San Francisco 49ers game.