SANTA CLARA, CA (March 23, 2009)- FC Gold Pride head coach Albertin Montoya confirmed on Sunday that US Soccer icon Brandi Chastain and one of the United States all-time top goal scorers, Tiffeny Milbrett would both occupy roster spots when the regular season kicks off in less than two weeks.
Chastain and Milbrett served as trailblazers for women’s soccer as part of the golden decade of the US Women’s National team during the 90’s, one of the most dominant teams the sport has seen to date.
The Bay Area native, Chastain is best known for elevating the profile of women’s soccer with her game winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup that defeated China and ignited an explosive soccer following and increased participation in the sport. Chastain was selected by the Pride in the seventh round (45th overall) in the WPS Draft.
Milbrett, one of the most dangerous forwards the US has ever fielded, scored 100 goals in international competition during her illustrious career that saw her earn 204 caps. She joined the Pride in March as a non-roster invitee, playing her way onto the roster during training camp.
In addition to penciling in women’s soccer veterans Chastain and Milbrett, FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya made some roster moves on Sunday afternoon, reducing the roster size in preparation for the season. FC Gold Pride waived WPS General Draft picks Tracy Hamm and Jill Oakes and released non-roster invitees Stacy Alberico and Caitlin Fisher.
The Pride will be required to make adjustments to the roster in order to meet the league requirements of 18 rostered players and up to four developmental players which must be announced on or before Wednesday, March 25.