Soccer

Chastain, McMillan, Garber make soccer Hall of Fame

  • FILE - In this May 13, 2004, file photo, San Jose CyberRays soccer star Brandi Chastain is shown  during a news conference in Carson, Calif. Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Chastain, who scored the winning goal in the 1999 World Cup final shootout against China, was selected on the player ballot. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

    FILE - In this May 13, 2004, file photo, San Jose CyberRays soccer star Brandi Chastain is shown during a news conference in Carson, Calif. Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Chastain, who scored the winning goal in the 1999 World Cup final shootout against China, was selected on the player ballot. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File-This Oct. 10, 1999. file photo shows United States forward Shannon MacMillan taking a shot on goal during first half action of their game in Louisville, Ky. World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    File-This Oct. 10, 1999. file photo shows United States forward Shannon MacMillan taking a shot on goal during first half action of their game in Louisville, Ky. World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 19, 2015, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks to a gathering of fans in St. Louis. World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    FILE - In this May 19, 2015, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks to a gathering of fans in St. Louis. World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)  (The Associated Press)

World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Chastain, who scored the winning goal in the 1999 World Cup final shootout against China, was selected on the player ballot. MacMillan, her teammate on that squad, was voted in on the veteran ballot. Garber was chosen on the builder ballot.

Chastain played 12 seasons of international soccer, scoring 30 goals in 192 matches. She also won a World Cup in 1991, and earned Olympic gold in 1996 and 2004. She was the first U.S. player to score five goals in one match, in 1991 World Cup qualifying as a forward. She later became a mainstay on defense.

"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 Thursday. "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."

MacMillan also was on the 1996 Olympic team. She scored 60 goals in 12 international seasons and was the 2002 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

"Playing for the USA was always an honor and privilege for me, and that could only be topped by being selected for the Hall of Fame," MacMillan said. "I am incredibly humbled and honored by this selection. I will forever be grateful to the great game of soccer for all of the life lessons it has taught me along the way, and for all the friendships I built along the way. I want to thank U.S. Soccer and my teammates for all of the support throughout the years."

Garber, in his 17th year as MLS commissioner, was cited for his work growing the sport in the United States.

"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. "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."