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Fans: Plaque makes World Cup hero Brandi Chastain look like Gary Busey

Posted at 12:23 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 18:02:57-04

Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Brandi Chastain.

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in San Francisco unveiled the plaque on Monday night. Chastain diplomatically said "it's not the most flattering. But it's nice."

On Twitter, fans compared the likeness to former President Jimmy Carter or actor Gary Busey.

Hall of fame vice president of finance and administration Anthony Savicke told The Mercury News images on the plaques are "representations" and never intended to be photographic likenesses.

But on Tuesday, Hall of fame president Kevin O'Brien told USA TODAY that Chastain will soon receive a new plaque. "It was not a good job on the part of the artist. We're going to do a better job this time," he said.

The 49-year-old Chastain is often remembered for ripping off her jersey and showing her sports bra after nailing the game-winning penalty kick for Team USA in the 1999 World Cup. She played on the U.S. Women's National Team from 1988-2004 and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017. She has worked as a broadcaster since 2008.