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You won’t believe Brandi Chastain’s Hall of Fame plaque

WATCH: Brandi Chastain reacts to her new Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame plaque .

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SAN FRANCISCO — Luckily, Brandi Chastain already left fans with an indelible image.
Because fans thought here new bronze plaque looked more like the black plague.
The renowned soccer star went into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night during a lavish ceremony at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
Chastain, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup champion arrived shortly before the ceremony, giving her just enough time to pose next to her new plaque.
The problem? The likeness was wildly off. On Twitter, fans suggested the image looked more like Jimmy Carter … or Gary Busey … or Bill Belichick … or (for the old school crowd) Mickey Rooney.
“It’s not the most flattering,” Chastain said, diplomatically, while standing on the stage. “But it’s nice.”
One onlooker wondered if they based the plaque on John Elway instead of Chastain. Ann Killion, the San Francisco Chronicle columnist, took it a step further.

Brandi Chastain is one of the most beautiful athletes I’ve ever covered. How this became her plaque is a freaking embarrassment for BASHOF. Makes Cristiano’s look perfect.
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) May 22, 2018

Killion, whose prose accompanied the plaque, got her first look at the likeness Monday night and was not pleased.
“Brandi Chastain is one of the most beautiful athletes I’ve ever covered,” she tweeted. “How this became her plaque is a freaking embarrassment for BASHOF.”
Anthony Savicke, the Vice President of Finance and Administration for BASHOF, took the reviews in stride. He said that the images on the plaques are “representations” and never intended to be photographic likenesses. Savicke said there were no plans to re-do the plaque, and he said he had heard no complaints from anyone associated with the inductees.
Chastain, of course, left a far more glorious picture during her playing days. She drilled the game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup, then celebrated by falling to her knees, ripping off her jersey and showing off her muscles in a sports bra.
FILE – In this July 10, 1999, file photo, the United States’ Brandi Chastain celebrates by taking off her jersey after kicking in the game-winning penalty shootout goal against China in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The last time the United States played China was at the World Cup final in 1999. The two countries play on Friday in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. (Lacy Atkins/The San Francisco Examiner via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT 

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