Wednesday's Brandi Chastain statue outside the Rose Bowl could not have been better timed. Not only did the ceremony take place in Pasadena, Calif., On 20 years since the National Women's Cup in 1999 won the World Cup. It happened because the current squad was celebrating its recent victory.
Chastain, 50, was available for the ceremony. His sculpture, which honors the 1999 squad, shows him as an iconic author of Rós an Rolla park after scoring the Chinese penalty kick and winning the final.
Chastain had struck his sweater during the lifetime, creating an indelible image. This, together with the heroes of his pioneering colleagues, helped to encourage enthusiastic girls, including members of today's USWNT, to follow their athletic dreams.
“When I got to take up that penalty, I didn't know what that day would mean, and what that celebration would mean,” Chastain said during Wednesday's revelation. “… You can't understand how a childhood dream feels until you live. Your response is poor. "
Together with Chastain there were two other members of that team, Saskia Webber and Lorrie Fair, to read all the numbers and names of all the members. Of the victory two decades ago a large crowd of more than 90,000 people suffered, Chastain said, ″ It was all the time what is happening today, and what happen to women, on the playing field and outside her. "
Meanwhile, the successors were on Chastain and Co. Roscommon. that way to collect the Best Team honors at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. The 2019 squad spent the early part of their day in New York, enjoying a tape parade through the Canyon of Heroes.
Chastain referred to statements made by the co-chairman of USWNT, Megan Rapinoe, the MVP of the World Cup, which was expressed on social issues. She told the thousands who were present in New York, “We need to be better. We need to love more, hate less. We had to hear more and talk less. We knew that this was everyone's responsibility. "
“When I think of this moment, and I think of that team,” said Chastain, “a few words come to mind: friendship, teamwork, grit, competitiveness, laughter, love, strength, resilience and, finally, inclusion. . And I think the last word is so now.
“Everyone is part of the conversation. Male, female, race, religion, experience, no experience – everything we have, ”she continued. “We can all be better. And as part of the 1999 team, we were challenged every day to be better. And we did not ask our coaches, but each other.
“And I think it is that kind of commitment that has enabled us to be as strong as we could be.”
Earlier this week, the USWNT shared a photo of Rapinoe celebrating victory in 1999 for her idols. Rapinoe's team leader Carli Lloyd, captain of the US squad, attended the 2015 World Cup match at Giants Stadium and t said the “wonderful experience” “eternal up my back.” t
“The importance of the 1999 victory for sport and women cannot be over-denoted,” said Margaret McAustin, Pasadena City Council at the announcement on Wednesday (via KTLA). “Without the work of the 1999 World Cup Women's team, it was not possible to win in 2019.”
“I was pleased to be able to build on the result,” said Chastain. “What you see behind us is not one. It is for every little future soccer player. And so that moment, I hope that every player will have a minute that cleats. ”
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