• Brandi Chastain (#6) tears off her uniform top and cheers after scoring the winning shootout goal for the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team at the Rose Bowl in 1999. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • USA’s players from left: Jullie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain are seen during the medal ceremony after the gold medal women’s soccer game between USA and Brazil for the Athens 2004 Olympics at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens, on Thursday Aug. 26, 2004. USA won 2-1. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

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  • Car owner Richard Childress walks through the garage area at a NASCAR auto racing practice session at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • The U.S. team celebrates after teammate Brandi Chastain kicked the game-winning overtime penalty shootout goal against China giving the U.S. a 5-4 victory.

  • Brandi Chastain, right, jumps into the arms of teammate Carla Overbeck, captain of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Soccer team, after defeating China at the Rose Bowl in 1999. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • U.S. women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain celebrates after scoring the winning kick during the overtime penalty shootout.

  • Brandi Chastain, who has helped the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team win Olympic gold medals and two Women’s World Cups, signs autographs for AYSO players at the Marriott in Torrance, CA on Monday, June 30, 2014. The AYSO is kicking off their national games this week in Torrance and Riverside. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Brandi Chastain, who has helped the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team win Olympic gold medals and two Women’s World Cups, signs autographs for AYSO players at the Marriott in Torrance, CA on Monday, June 30, 2014. The AYSO is kicking off their national games this week in Torrance and Riverside. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • United States’ Brandi Chastain (6) heads the ball behind Costa Rica’s Martha Chavez during the second half of their Women’s World Cup friendly, Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, in Carson, Calif. The United States won 5-0. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • USA’s Heather O’Reilly right, celebrates with teammates Brandi Chastain, left, and Heather Mitts, after scoring the game winning goal against Germany in a women’s semifinal soccer match at the Pankritio stadium during the 2004 Olympic Games in Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete on Monday, Aug. 23, 2004. Team USA won 2-1 and advances to the final. (AP Photo/ Yiorgos Papanikolaou)

  • Brandi Chastain, right, of the U.S.A goes for the ball against Mio Otani of Japan in the women’s Olympic quarter final soccer match at the Kaftanzoglio stadium in Thessaloniki, Greece, Friday, Aug. 20, 2004. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

  • Defender Brandi Chastain stops a ball during a training session of the United States women’s soccer national team Friday, March 19 2004, in Montechoro, southern Portugal. The U.S. will play Norway in Saturday’s final of the Algarve Cup. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

  • Brandi Chastain directs her teammates during training camp for the U.S. women’s national soccer team in Chula Vista, Calif., Friday, Aug. 22, 2003. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

  • Defender Brandi Chastain heads the ball during a drill at training camp for the U.S. Women’s National soccer team at the Arco Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

  • United States’ Mia Hamm (9), Brandi Chastain (6) and Kristine Lilly celebrate their win against Canada in the third place match of the 2003 Women’s World Cup Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, in Carson, Calif. The United States won 3-1. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

  • United States’ Brandi Chastain (6) consoles teammate Mia Hamm after losing 3-0 to Germany in the 2003 Women’s World Cup semifinals Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003 at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

  • Members of the USA soccer team pose at RFK Stadium in Washington Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 prior to their first round match against Sweden in the 2003 Women’s World Cup. Back row, from left are, Joy Fawcett, Kate Sobrero, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Cindy Parlow and Briana Scurry, Front row, from left are, Abby Wambach, Christie Pearce, Shanno Boxx, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

  • USA’s Cindy Parlow (12) and fellow teammates Brandi Chastain (6) and Julie Foudy (11) celebrate Parlow’s goal in the first half of their first-round game against Sweden, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 at the 2003 Women’s World Cup at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

  • U.S. Women’s World Cup team member Brandi Chastain kicks the ball during practice Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • San Jose CyberRays’ Brandi Chastain, right, and Katia react to a missed goal attempt by Chastain against the Washington Freedom during the first half Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Nhat V. Meyer)

  • San Jose CyberRays forward Brandi Chastain, left, and Atlanta Beat defender Kylie Bivens, right, vie for the ball in the first half of their WUSA game in San Jose, Calif., in this July 10, 2002 photo. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

  • San Jose CyberRays soccer star Brandi Chastain is shown during a news conference in Carson, Calif., Thursday, May 13, 2004, during which the Women’s United Soccer Association unveiled the details of the upcoming WUSA Soccer Festival. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

  • American All-Stars’ Brandi Chastain celebrates her goal during the first half of the WUSA All-Star game against the World All-Stars at SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C. Thursday, June 19, 2003.(AP Photo/Bob Jordan)

  • Kings rookie Carl Grundstrom scores a goal against Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper during the third period Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. For the Kings’ Grundstrom it was his first NHL goal in his first game, but the Coyotes defeated the Kings 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Kings rookie Carl Grundstrom scores a goal against Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper during the third period Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. For the Kings’ Grundstrom it was his first NHL goal in his first game, but the Coyotes defeated the Kings 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Jose Maldonado Jr. implemented a new program when he began running Taco King on Azusa Avenue — customers could donate money to pay for tacos and burritos for those in need. (Photo by Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

  • The colored bits of tape on the window at Taco King on Azusa Avenue serve a dual purpose –they bear encouraging messages and also have documentation of donations attached to them. (Photo by Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

  • Jose Maldonado Jr., operator of Taco King on Azusa Avenue, holds a receipt from a customer who donated to help feed those in need. It bears messages written by the customer saying “God is always with you” in Spanish. (Photo by Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

  • Jose Maldonado Jr. began operating Taco King on Azusa Avenue three months ago. His father owns and operates the 24-hour location on Foothill Boulevard. (Photo by Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

  • A homeless woman, left, speaks with Jose Maldonado Jr., who offered her a free plate of tacos and a Coke on Friday, March 8. (Photo by Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

  • Jose Maldonado Jr. implemented a new program when he began running Taco King on Azusa Avenue — customers could donate money to pay for tacos and burritos for those in need. (Photo by Christopher Yee, San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

  • Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan is questioned by the House Financial Services Committee about revelations the bank had created millions of fake bank accounts to reach their financial goals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • “It’s a new season,” UCLA point guard Jaylen Hands said of this week’s Pac-12 Tournament. “Everything else, it doesn’t really matter at this point. If you win, then you keep playing. If you don’t win, you don’t keep playing. So if you want to keep playing, win. And we want to keep playing.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • “It’s a new season,” UCLA point guard Jaylen Hands said of this week’s Pac-12 Tournament. “Everything else, it doesn’t really matter at this point. If you win, then you keep playing. If you don’t win, you don’t keep playing. So if you want to keep playing, win. And we want to keep playing.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen AG, addresses the media during the annual press conference of the car manufacturer Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

  • Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen AG, addresses the media during the annual press conference of the car manufacturer Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

  • Christian Slater as Josh Davis in “The Public.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Content Group)

  • Taylor Schilling as Angela, left, and Jena Malone as Myra, right, in “The Public.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Content Group)

  • Jena Malone as Myra and Christian Slater as Josh Davis in “The Public.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Content Group)

  • Jena Malone as Myra in “The Public.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Content Group)

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The year began with what most thought would be the biggest news story of the year with the tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash.

But it would change rapidly, with a pandemic wrought by a name most had never heard of, the coronavirus.

It would also be an election year. More than 150 million Americans came out to vote — divided on politics, divided on the Coronavirus, divided on race.

It was a year when simply wearing a mask would see men, woman, young and old do battle on social media platforms, in the parks, in the streets with protests, demonstrations in almost every major city in America.

It was a year when teachers had to give way from the traditional in person classroom to educating from home, from backyards, closets, tents, from wherever they could through such technology as Zoom and Google Classroom.

It was a year during which sports were shut down. When they finally were allowed to come back, they came back with no fans — cardboard cutouts and virtual people replaced live fans in stadium seats. Canceled games due to coronavirus protocol became more commonplace than rainouts.

It was a year when struggles gripped lives throughout not just the United States of America, but the entire world.

The virus would change lives, introducing such concepts as social distancing, protective facemasks and PPEs.

Shaking a hand or hugging a loved one would become a distant memory. Simple trips to the store were met with long lines, empty shelves and a virus that would kill hundreds of thousands and infect millions.

Let’s all hope that in the months ahead, the virus makes way for other, more hopeful news.

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