Rose Bowl Statue Honors Brandi Chastain’s ’99 World Cup Win

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – JULY 10: Brandi Chastain poses with statue of herself during an unveiling of a statue honoring the United States win at 1999 Women’s World Cup on July 10, 2019 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A statue capturing Brandi Chastain’s iconic reaction to scoring the U.S. team’s winning goal in the 1999 Women’s World Cup has been unveiled outside the Rose Bowl.

Chastain was on hand for the unveiling Wednesday, the 20th anniversary of the historic win which coincided with celebrations in New York for this year’s World Cup champion team.

This year’s the team sealed its second consecutive tournament win by beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday.

The statue shows Chastain at the moment she dropped to her knees in exultation, clutching the jersey she pulled off after cinching the win over China on a penalty kick in the game played at the Rose Bowl.

The moment has been credited as a watershed for invigorating women’s sports.

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