Sunday, July 11, 1999 Published at 07:38 GMT 08:38 UK
US lifts World Cup
Champions: The World Cup is held high at the Rose Bowl
US 0-0 China (after extra time)
US won 5-4 on penalties
The US won a thrilling Women's World Cup final, defeating China on penalties before 90,000 ecstatic fans.
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She said afterwards: "I thought 'My God, this is the greatest moment of my life on a soccer field'."
Chastain's penalty followed those of Carla Overbeck, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly and the team's biggest name, Mia Hamm.
Xie Huilin and Qui Haiyan converted the first two penalties for China, but when Briana Scurry dived left to block Liu Ying's shot, the US took a lead denied them in open play.
Played before a sun-baked and highly partisan crowd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, the game failed to match Brazil's battle against Italy at the same venue in the 1994 World Cup.
But with fighter jets streaking overhead and American pop singer Jennifer Lopez performing the closing ceremony, the final was a major event nonetheless.
The final had national television coverage and even President Bill Clinton attended the game.
"The whole country is caught up," said President Clinton. "It's going to have a bigger impact than people ever realised, and it will have a far-reaching impact not only in the United States but also in other countries."
It was one of few chances for either side in a match that produced little in the way of fireworks.
The US dominated the midfield play and controlled the possession, but were unable to break down a spirited Chinese defence.
Indeed, the best chances to wrap up the match came from the visitors, with Jin Yan flicking on a header at the near post in the 69th minute - only for it to roll across the face of the goal.
Sun Wen put a free kick from outside the area just over the bar in the 35th minute and American midfielder Michelle Akers headed away a dangerous corner in the first minute of second-half injury time.
Referee: Nicole Mouidi Petignat, Switzerland.