Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber have been named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber have been named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.
Chastain is among the most famous players in the history of the women’s national team, most known for pulling her jersey off while celebrating her game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup final. She played in 192 matches over a 12-year international career, scoring 30 goals.
She was elected to the hall of fame in her first year on the ballot.
“To be inducted into the Hall of Fame and have my name read in the same sentence with our country’s best is truly humbling,” Chastain said. “The opportunity to play the game was given to me by my parents; my competitiveness and enthusiasm was fostered by every coach who I was blessed to be taught by, and my passion was shared and heightened by all of my teammates over my career. It is not enough to say how grateful I am with words, and therefore, I continue to share the game with anyone and everyone.”
MacMillian played in 176 international matches from 1993–2005, scoring 60 goals. She helped the team to a World Cup title in 1999 and a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. She was the 2002 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.
Garber was elected for his contributions to the growth of American soccer. He has been the commissioner of the MLS for the last 17 years. One MLS's clubs, FC Dallas, will have its stadium be the new home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, which shut its doors in Oneonta, New York, in 2010.
"Thanks to the commitment and hard work of many people, our sport has grown significantly during the last few decades and there is no doubt the United States is a true soccer nation," Garber said in a statement. "It is an honor to be inducted alongside Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, two iconic figures in U.S. Soccer history who have impacted the sport at so many levels. I am also thrilled that FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium will serve as the new home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, providing soccer fans the opportunity to pay tribute to many of the great players, coaches and leaders in U.S. Soccer history."