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Brandi Chastain Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017
Brandi Denise Chastain was born on the 21st July 1968, in San Jose, California USA, and is a retired soccer player, who won two FIFA Women’s World Cups, two gold medals at the Olympic Games, and has also worked as a sportscaster and coach after her playing retirement. Her playing career was active from the late ‘80s until 2010.
Have you ever wondered how rich Brandi Chastain is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Chastain’s net worth is as high as $2.5 million, an amount earned largely through her successful career as a soccer player and coach, also from her endorsement deals signed over the course of her career, and from her broadcasting.
Brandi Chastain Net Worth $2.5 Million
Brandi is a San Jose native; she picked up a football when she was eight years old, and since then rose to stardom. Initially she had to play with boys, as Davis Junior High School didn’t have a girl soccer team. Nevertheless, that didn’t stay in Brandi’s way, and she began her dominance on the field. She later studied at Archbishop Mitty High School, where she continued with her soccer aspirations and won three consecutive state championships.
Following her high school matriculation, Brandi enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, also playing forward for the Golden Bears. In her first year, she bagged 15 goals, which earned her Freshman Player of the Year honors, given by Soccer America. However, during the summer break, Brandi had to undergo reconstructive anterior cruciate ligament surgeries, missing the 1987 and 1988 seasons. After recovery, she transferred to Santa Clara University, continuing with her fantastic performance, which won her the ISAA Player of the Year after scoring 22 goals in the regular season in 1990.
Her club career began in 1993 when she joined the Japanese team Shiroki F.C. Serena of the L. League for one season, remembered since she won the MVP award, also becoming the only foreigner to be selected for the league’s top 11 players. Unfortunately, USA didn’t have a professional soccer league for woman until 1999, when Brandi and 23 other players joined in Women’s United Soccer Association to form the first professional women’s soccer league in the states. The league consisted of eight teams, and Brandi was a part of the San Jose Cyber Rays. In her first season, she won the championship title with her team, which only increased her net worth. However, for the next two seasons, San Jose CyberRays didn’t have much success and Brandi left the team.
In 2009 she returned to club football, joining the FC Gold Pride of the WPS, and played in 10 games, before she was waived by the club. Nevertheless, she soon found new engagement, joining the California Storm in the 2010 season of the WPSL. She played in five matches, scoring three goals and also had five assists.
Brandi had more success with the USA Women’s national team. She made her debut in 1988, and subsequently appeared in 192 games, scoring 30 goals and 26 assists, playing mostly as a defender and an occasional midfielder. The USA team won the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, and then in 1999 team repeated their success, winning on penalties against China, with Brandi drawing attention to herself after scoring the winning penalty, taking off her jersey, and continuing her celebration in a sports bra.
Brandi also won two golden medals at the Olympic Games of 1996 and 2004, which also benefited her wealth. Thanks to her successful career, Brandi was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017.
After retirement, she assumed the job of a sports broadcaster, firstly for NBC covering the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games, and also Major League Soccer matches on ABC/ESPN, and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, further increasing her net worth.
Brandi has also authored a book, entitled “It’s Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back Into Competitive Sports” in 2005, the sales of which also added to her wealth.
To speak further of her accomplishments outside soccer, Brandi has graced the pages of numerous magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Gear Magazine and many other publications across the globe, which also added a substantial amount to her wealth. That is not the end, as she has also appeared in several variety talk shows, such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, “Good Morning America”, and “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn”, among others.
Regarding her personal life, she has been married to soccer coach Jerry Smith since 1996; the couple has a son, but also, Jerry has a child from his previous relationship, and Brandi accepted him as her own child.
Brandi is also a spokesperson for the pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc, promoting their campaign to educate people about inflammatory bowel disease. Also, she stated that, after her death, her brain would be donated for concussion research.
Brandi Denise Chastain information
Brandi Denise Chastain information
|Birth date:||July 21, 1968|
|Birth place:||San Jose, California, U.S.|
|Height:||5' 7" (1.7 m)|
|Education:||Archbishop Mitty High School, Santa Clara University, University of California, Berkeley|
|Spouse:||Jerry Smith (m. 1996)|
|Children:||Cameron Smith, Jaden Chastain Smith|
|Parents:||Roger Chastain, Lark Chastain|
More about Brandi Denise Chastain:
|Her Best Move||2007||technical advisor: soccer|
|Nine for IX||2013||TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode|
|The Valley||2011||Short special thanks|
|Larry King Now||2016||TV Series||Herself - guest|
|Hollywood Health Report||2016||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|Home & Family||2014-2016||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Guest|
|Marvel and ESPN Films Present 1 of 1: Origins - Brandi Chastain||2015||TV Mini-Series||Herself|
|CBS This Morning||2015||TV Series||Herself|
|Heroes: The Story of the Fifa Women's World Cup||2015||TV Movie documentary||Herself - USA 1988-2004|
|City Walk||2014-2015||TV Series documentary|
|Marvel & ESPN Films Present 1 of 1: Genesis||2014||Herself|
|Chopped||2014||TV Series||Herself - Contestant|
|A Football Life||2013||TV Series||Herself|
|Nine for IX||2013||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Good Morning America||2013||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|The Sub||2013||TV Mini-Series||Herself|
|Splash||2013||TV Series||Herself - Contestant|
|Good Day L.A.||2013||TV Series||Herself|
|House Call with Sanjay Gupta||2012||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|Pretty Tough||2011||TV Series||Herself (2011)|
|Good Morning America Weekend Edition||2011||TV Series||Herself|
|This Week||2011||TV Series||Herself|
|Mike & Mike||2011||TV Series||Herself - Telephone Interviewee|
|Brandi Chastain: A Tribute to a Champion||2010||TV Movie||Herself|
|The Superstars||2009||TV Series||Herself - Contestant|
|Extra Time||2009||TV Movie||Herself|
|Being BAWSI||2008||Documentary short||BAWSI Co-Founder|
|Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team||2007||TV Movie||Herself|
|Her Best Move||2007||Herself|
|17th Annual American Century Championship||2006||TV Mini-Series||Himself|
|Pros vs. Joes||2006||TV Series||Herself|
|ESPN 25: Who's #1?||2005||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Celebrity Poker Showdown||2005||TV Series||Herself|
|The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments||2004||TV Mini-Series documentary||Herself|
|Listen Up||2004||TV Series||Herself|
|Late Show with David Letterman||1999-2004||TV Series||Herself|
|ESPN SportsCentury||2004||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||2004||TV Series||Herself|
|The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn||2003||TV Series||Herself|
|Apple Pie||2002||Video documentary||Herself|
|Weakest Link||2002||TV Series||Herself|
|Jeopardy!||2001||TV Series||Herself - Celebrity Contestant|
|Air Bud 3||2000||Video||Herself|
|The Teen Choice Awards 1999||1999||TV Special||Herself|
|World Cup 98||1998||TV Series||Herself|
|Bend It Like Beckham||2002||Herself (uncredited)|
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|1||Has written a book entitled, It's Not About the Bra, which advocates kids having 'fun' with sports. [October 2004]|
|2||Son, Jaden Chastain Smith, born 8 June 2006. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 22 inches long.|
|3||Favorite soccer player: Roy Keane, Manchester United, because "he plays both ways with reckless abandon".|
|4||Began her college career at Cal, where she was Soccer America's national freshman of the year, and then transferred to Santa Clara, where she led the Broncos to two NCAA final four appearances and was named all-American and player of the year in 1990.|
|5||Took the 5th penalty kick for the US in the 1999 World cup to win the title.|
|6||Played her first match against Japan on June 1, 1988. Scored her first goal April 18, 1991 against Mexico (she scored five goals in that match, a team record for one game)|
|7||Married Jerry Smith in 1998 and honeymooned in France, going to the World cup.|
|8||Plays for the San Jose CyberRays women's football club.|
|9||Scored the winning penalty kick for the U.S. women's soccer team in the Women's World Cup final in Pasadena, Calif. She took off her shirt to reveal her sports bra as soon as she scored the goal.|
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