Brandi Chastain pulled these Santa Clara Sporting players out of the stands to play at half-time.
Many thanks to all the over 100 Santa Clara Sporting players and parents who joined soccer fans at the Brandi Chastain Testimonial game last Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. Many of her former teammates, along with other celebrity athletes participated in the game. The celebrity Testimonial Game was a fun event, and the chance to see Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm, Juile Foudy, Joy Faucett, Brent Jones, Aly Wagner, Eric Wynalda, Leslie Osborne and even our own Steve Robertson (SC Sporting coach) played on the field. Proceeds from the game are being used to launch Brandi’s new ReachUp! Foundation.
The day started at 4pm with a pre-game soccer clinic at Buck Shaw Stadium. How many times do you get to attend a soccer clinic taught by Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm, Marcelo Balboa? About 60 Santa Clara Sporting players participated in the clinic with 200 other soccer players. At the end of the clinic, all the celebrity soccer players lined-up to make a long tunnel and the kids ran through getting "hi-fives" from the players, but lots of kids came-out the other side screaming..."I hugged Brandi and Mia!"
More than 40 soccer and sports celebrities played in the fun game that started at 5pm. Brent Jones from the SF 49ers scored the first goal of the game when he tapped in a rebounded shot off the goalie. It was a one-in-a-lifetime chance to see Brandi, Mia Hamm, Joy Faucett and many soccer icons playing on the field one more time. At half-time, Brandi pulled a handful of Santa Clara Sporting players out of the stands to play a fun scrimmage game on the field.
Fox Soccer Channel is producing a documentary on Brandi Chastain that will air in December, and Cal-High Sports was on-hand and will probably air a show within the next few weeks in October.
Thanks again to all the Sporting support!
More photos on Flickr
San Jose Mercury News article with a photo of the Sporting supporters
Sporting players at the pre-game clinic
Event coverage on Cal-High Sports
Pre-game Soccer Skills clinic was coached by Brandi, Marcello Balboa, and many of Brandi’s friends.