TODAY   |  December 04, 2012

Brandi Chastain talks lessons learned on the field

The two-time Olympic gold medalist chats about life as a soccer player and a soccer mom, as well as her role as the “Official Soccer Sister” for author Andrea Montalbano’s book series, “Soccer Sisters,” and runs a few drills with a youth soccer team from Yonkers.

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>>> well, when it comes to soccer greatness the name brandi chastain is high on the list. she's a two-time olympic gold medalist probably best known for her game-winning penalty shootout kick in the 1999 women's world cup final , and her bra-bearing celebration that followed.

>> oh, yeah.

>> and now she's teamed up with author and former "today" producer andrea matzlano and the first installment is called "lile out of bounds."

>> good morning.

>> i love this. you are a soccer player. you have the athletic build here, but how did you take that and transform it into this series.

>> when i grew up playing soccer , it was just for fun. just for the joy of the game, but later when i was a writer and a mother, i started to realize how many lessons through sportsmanship and friendship and winning and losing that you can tell in the stories that i'm writing now for these girls and for older girls and for any kid who loves the team experience.

>> yeah.

>> because those bonds.

>> make a difference.

>> those soccer bonds real delast a lifetime.

>> brandi , you're a soccer sister and a soccer mom .

>> i run the whole gamut, soccer friend and soccer sister and soccer mom and, you know, i actually told andy that i was reading the book on the way here on the plane and i'm crying because now as a soccer mom it's like really touching to know that, you know, the lessons you give your kids really matter to them, and i learned all those lessons on the soccer field with my friends there with me.

>> i didn't play soccer but i ran track and the bond that you have, my best friend , still my best friend at the age i am now. what's the difference training outdoors and indoors? it's cold in most places this time of the year. what do you do?

>> these girls , for example, will be playing on the gym surfaces and the main difference is just the speed of the game and the need to use a higher skill level. just take into consideration that there might be some more collisions and you want them to be matched for size and also for safety. there's a lot of exercises that brandy can tell you about.

>> you had an injury.

>> i've torn both my acls so i'm luckily a pro because now i can share my experiences with these girls and moms as well and dads and here are the things we did k do to hopefully prevent the acl and we'll show you a few this morning.

>> the girls are with yonkers united rush travel soccer team .

>> they are awesome.

>> all right, ladies.

>> i want to participate. i'm not 8.

>> can i join you girls ?

>> you want to kick off those fancy beautiful shoes you have on.

>> all right, coach. don't make me take off my leather skirt .

>> no worries.

>> one leg bouncing, so we'll ask you to do it with no ball in your hand.

>> i can handle it.

>> i know you can.

>> all right. take this ball, on one leg, touch down to the ground slow and stand up nice and tall.

>> go ahead.

>> an ab workout.

>> very good. not only is it a core exercise but a glute and hamstring exercise and switch feet.

>> switch feet.

>> want to make sure that we're balanced on both feet, great job. so we're going to put our ball behind us and you're not going to do that because you're wearing that fancy skirt.

>> put the ball behind you, ladies, a couple step forwards and one-leg landings what, happens for a lot of girls , spread out, ladies, is we need to be able to catch our balance, here we go, side to side.

>> brandi , i can do that wait a minute, girls .

>> nice soft landing .

>> come on, yonkers.

>> very good.

>> what's the next one.

>> excellent.

>> and the next one is going to be bouncing high five with your partners. i'm going to move my hand. you try to touch it. there you go, keep your balance.

>> good.

>> girls , how you feeling?

>> excellent, great.

>> next level.

>> ladies step back. almost out of time.

>> step right here with me.

>> okay.

>> on the edge. we're going to get on the edge.

>> 15 second. brandi , thank you, andy, thank you. congratulations, girls .

>> if you want any more information on acl prevention, go online.

>> congratulations to my niece. she got a soccer award.