MATCH RECAP: Chicago House AC Drops Inaugural Home Match At SeatGeek Stadium

Chicago House Gets Shutout In 4-0 Inaugural Home Match Loss Against New Amsterdam FC
Published Aug 24, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (August 21st, 2021) - The House played its inaugural home match against New Amsterdam FC on Saturday, August 21st, but the script did not go according to plan as New Amsterdam shut out the House at SeatGeek Stadium. Chicago House AC (1-0-2, 3 points) fell to New Amsterdam FC (2-1-0, 7 points) by a final score of 4-0 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL with New Amsterdam FC forward Mayele Malango scoring two goals, Jesus Batiz adding one just before the half, and Chris Bermudez putting the cherry on top for the visitors.

The House played well in the first half, with Wojciech Wojcik, Musa Morris, and AR Smith all getting quality chances early, but none of the House forwards were able to find the back of the net. Wojcik had a chance early in the first half, but NAFC goalkeeper Sheldon Parkinson came up with a big save to keep the game scoreless. In the 14th minute, NAFC turned the ball over, and AR Smith had a chance to give the House the lead, but the shot went wide. Less than a minute later, Mayele Malango took the ball from House midfielder Michael Kafari and got a lucky bounce from the post and in to give NAFC an early lead in the first half. This would prove to be the game winner.

Later in the first half, New Amsterdam FC had a free-kick, but goalkeeper Michael Novotny got a hand up and kept the ball out of the net. Novotny had another save on Malango, and his second attempt hit the post in the 41st minute. Just before the end of the first half Jesus Batiz scored for New Amsterdam FC to double their lead 2-0 just before the half in the 43rd minute. 

Following the halftime break, in the 56th minute, Drew Conner crossed the ball to Derek Huffman, but his attempted header went just wide. In the 66th minute, Mayele Malango scored his second goal of the night, and New Amsterdam went up 3-0. Later in the 73rd minute, House goalkeeper Novotny made a huge save on Malango to prevent a hat-trick, but Chris Bermudez pounced on the rebound to put New Amsterdam FC up 4-0. Despite the deficit, the House kept fighting. In stoppage time, Drew Conner got a cross pass to Wojciech Wojtek who rose up for the header, but the shot hit the left post, and NAFC was able to complete the clean sheet for their first road win of the season.

House Head Coach and Technical Director CJ Brown expressed his thoughts on his team's performance after the match.

“You have to try to reflect on what we've been through and all the hard work we've been putting in. That was not the result of how we thought we would come in for our first (home) game,” said Coach Brown. “For some reason, we didn't bring the energy. We tried with the game plan, but we looked like a completely different group from our first two games. It's a little bit disappointing. We have to look at ourselves and see what we have to fix."

Brown recognized that this was a new experience for a lot of his team, which may have contributed to a performance that differed from the first two matches of the season.

"Some of these guys have grown up in this city, where they've come to watch international and Fire matches. Maybe, some of them played in high school championship games. Maybe to play on this field, there were some nerves and could've gotten to them. This is a big stadium to play in, and it can get to you."

Despite the disappointment, Brown gave some praise to New Amsterdam FC, who put on a  stellar performance on Saturday night.

“Hats off to New Amsterdam; I was impressed physically with how fast they are. They had an excellent game plan and stuck to it. They just beat us with clean and clear-cut soccer up and down the field."

Team Captain Drew Conner shared his thoughts on the pressure of building a team from scratch.

"It is not easy," he said. "We got a great foundation, but now we’ve got to start putting results on the field."

The loss sees the House move from sixth to seventh in the NISA Fall Standings and even on points with the LA Force. With this result, New Amsterdam FC is the new leader at the top of the table three weeks into the NISA fall season.

This Sunday, August 29th the House will retake the field when they host Detroit City FC at SeatGeek Stadium at 6:00pm.

Fans can purchase tickets to the match by visiting www.chicagohouseac.com/tickets or by calling the club’s Ticket Sales Team at (312) 444-0976. For team updates and information, please follow the team's social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @ChicagoHouse_AC for live updates and fan reactions.

 

Scoring Summary - August 21st, 2021 New Amsterdam FC @ Chicago House AC

  1. Mayelle Malango (16′)
  2. Jesus Batiz (44′)
  3. Mayelle Malango (65′)
  4. Chris Bermudez (74′)

 

ABOUT Chicago House AC

Founded in 2020, Chicago House Athletic Club is a community-based professional soccer team that plays its home matches at the 20,000 capacity SeatGeek Stadium at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA,) a U.S. Soccer sanctioned third division league. Led by Managing Partner, President & CEO Peter Wilt, Chicago House AC is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) committed to using its platform for social justice, diversity, equality, inclusion and community improvement. The club’s name is a tribute to House Music, which was created in Chicago in the early 1980’s. Fans can help #BuildTheHouse by purchasing tickets at www.chicagohouseac.com/tickets or by calling our Ticket Sales Team at (312) 444-0976. For more information on Chicago House AC, please visit www.chicagohouseac.com and follow the club on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. Our City, Our House.

ABOUT NISA

The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer pro-am Independent Cup tournament, the year-long amateur league NISA Nation, and NISA Media.

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