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Brandi Chastain isn’t finding second shot at World Cup glory easy

July 20, 2018



Brandi Chastain welcomes the question she’s likely been asked countless times since ripping her shirt off and dropping to her knees upon scoring the game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final. The photograph of Chastain — eyes closed, mouth open, chiseled arms and clenched fists held up in exultation, wearing nothing on top but a black sports bra — made its way on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the bedroom walls of soccer-playing girls across the country. Chastain, then 30 years old and an 11-year veteran midfielder of the United States women’s national team, attributes the image’s grip over the sports world to a couple of reasons. In the nearly 20 years since a team led by Chastain, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy defeated China in front of a sold-out crowd at the Rose Bowl, Chastain has kept herself active in the women’s game as it’s reached new levels of exposure and profit.

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