by: Seth Cuhsiplee / @scasiple
Last October the California Storm added Brandi Chastain and Leslie Osborne to their Board of Directors. Both bring an excess of international playing experience as well as playing stateside. Such a wealth of knowledge and prestige is sure to make a lot of noise in the US women’s soccer world, that may be just the impact the Storm are looking for. Brandi Chastain is a World Champion and two-times Olympic Champion. Leslie Osborne has 62 caps for the National Team and boasts a 9-year professional career.
Founded in 1995 the Sacramento Storm chose to move forward as the California Storm after leaving the W-league in 1998. One of founding members of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, it is comprised of 119 teams across the nation. The Storm is one of seven teams competing in the Pacific North division. They have finished atop the table five times out of recent six years and are league leading three times National Champion. The Storm’s player pedigree range from current collegiate athletes and graduated budding professionals to world-renowned soccer stars such as Sissi De Amor. Sissi, a Brazilian soccer star, has shined in world cups winning the Golden Boot as top scorer in the 1999 tournament all along an illustrious 20+ year playing career.
The Storm’s additions to the Board of Directors is a commitment to a sellable product on and off the field as they, including their recent player signings, are set on impacting US women’s soccer at the very least in Northern California. The NWSL is looking to add 5 teams to their league within the next 4 years one of which could possibly be in Sacramento.