Former USWNT Members Will Bring A Wealth Of Experience
Brandi Chastain and Leslie Osborne join Sacramento’s California Storm Board of Directors. The former USWNT members hope to use their experience and knowledge to take the Storm to the next level.
Playing in Sacramento, the Storm is one of the founding Women’s Premier Soccer League clubs. Jerry Zanelli, the WPSL founder, owned and operated the Storm until his death in November 2018.
“We are excited and fortunate to have Brandi and Leslie join our Board of Directors,” said Jamie Howard-Levoy, the Storm’s Executive Director. “Brandi brings an incredible playing and coaching history and has the drive to take the California Storm to the next level. Leslie brings a tremendous resume as a player and deeper understanding of the game as a coach and soccer analyst.”
Chastain brings a wealth of experience with her. During her long career, she’s won two World Cups (1991, 1999), two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004) and scored 30 national team goals and 26 assists in 192 caps. Chastain has also worked as a analyst on NBC Sports and ABC/ESPN.
“I have always been part of the California Storm family. The Storm is where I became pro.”Brandi Chastain
Osborne played for the Store from 2005-06 and then in between USWNT camps and leagues. She came back to play for the team in the 2009 season. Osborne, a current Fox Sports soccer analyst, played in the 2007 Women’s World Cup. She has 62 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
“The California Storm will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m grateful for this opportunity. I want to continue to grow the women’s game and can’t wait to get started.Leslie Osborne
In addition to Chastain and Osborne, the Storm’s Board of Directors consists of Howard-Levoy, Nick Hardeman (Chief of Staff, Assembly of California), David Levoy, Eric Mattison, Dan Howard and Matt George.