The 1999 Women's World Cup hero was presented with the odd piece of art on Monday.
Chastain, who created an iconic image by ripping off her jersey after scoring the winning penalty in the 1999 Women's World Cup, had the plaque dedicated to her to mark her induction to the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.
"Brandi Chastain is one of the most lovely athletes I've ever covered", Killion said in a tweet. Chastain fans on Twitter suggested the likeness resembled John Elway, Rex Ryan, Gary Busey and even former president Jimmy Carter.
Ann Killion - the San Francisco Chronicle columnist who penned Chastain's bio featured on the plaque - was much harsher in her criticism of the disturbing image.
The whole kerfuffle is reminiscent of the controversy surrounding the statue of Cristiano Ronaldo, whose statue was unveiled at the island of Madeira airport in 2017.
Brandi Chastain (R) of the United States women's soccer team smiles during practice for the FIFA Women's World Cup. "But I'm not an artist".
Bay Area news station KTVU-TV quotes Kevin O'Brien as saying he spoke to Chastain on Tuesday and offered to revamp the plaque if she sent a new photograph of herself.
BASHOF says it will re-do the plaque, at a cost of about $10,000. Killion told them, "that's a freaking embarrassment".
Just none of them were Brandi Chastain.
Chastain was inducted Monday into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.