Ten Years Later ... Soccer Mom

updated 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/20/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A decade after Brandi Chastain joyfully doffed her jersey after kicking the winning goal in overtime to upset China and capture the Women's World Cup, she's still overwhelmed by the memory—and the powerful message it sent. "It told girls they could be whatever they wanted to be," says Chastain.

Ten years later she's doing just that: happily living as both a soccer mom—and a Superstar. On ABC's summer reality competition The Superstars, Chastain, 40, is competing for the title of The Superstars Champion. But even if she wins, the moniker won't compare to that of Mom to son Jaden, 3, and stepson Cameron, 21 (husband Jerry, 48, is the women's soccer coach at Santa Clara University). "Motherhood is awesome," she says. "My only regret was not having Jaden while I was playing," partly because he's keeping her in tip-top shape on Superstars. "I don't need an assist for pull-ups because I lift Jaden every day!" she says. "He makes me feel younger and keeps me on my toes."

While Chastain recently returned to professional soccer, with Santa Clara's FC Gold Pride, she's more focused on promoting health and self-esteem for girls via athletics through her foundation Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI GIRLS). And she remains close with her World Cup teammates, who still have plenty to bond over. "We all have kids now," she says. "So now we tell each other dirty diaper stories."

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