MATCH PREVIEW: August 29th, 2021 vs. Detroit City FC

The House Looks To Bounce Back Against Detroit City FC On Sunday
Published Aug 27, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (August 27th, 2021) - Chicago House AC will look to bounce back in their second home match against defending NISA League Champions, Detroit City FC on Sunday, August 29th at 6:00pm. The House comes into this match off a 4-0 loss to New Amsterdam FC last week during the club’s inaugural home match, and currently sit in 7th place in the NISA table. Detroit City FC is coming off a 3-0 win versus San Diego 1904 FC and sit in 2nd place.

Chicago House AC focused on improving on the defensive end during training this week. Many players echoed Head Coach and Technical Director, C.J. Brown's message of focusing on building camaraderie on the pitch, highlighting the importance of communication, and learning to grow as a club.

Chicago House AC defender Seo-In Kim shared how that message has benefited him and his teammates going into Sunday's game.

“We're a great group of guys; I think we have a great locker room," noted Kim. "We all want to learn, and first and foremost, we all want to win. Being a part of the backline, it's part of my job, and we can't be pointing fingers. We can go player by player and see what we did wrong, but at the end of the day, our biggest challenge is coming together while our backs are against the wall. We heard Coach Brown’s message, and the way we return that is to get a shutout against Detroit."

Chicago House AC midfielder Michael Kafari gave insights on what it's like to face his former team.

"It's always good to see familiar faces. On the flip side, they kind of know you and your qualities, and I know their qualities too," said Kafari. “It's a good matchup. It's kinda like a game of chess where you're trying to figure out what the right move is going to be against your opposition."

Coach Brown also shared some insights on what the team has learned from their last match against Detroit City FC.

"I love our energy; I love our start to the game; and from there, we found opportunities to play, but we didn't do it enough," said Brown. “We're going to go out with the same energy [in this match.] We learned that Detroit is tuned in all the time, and that we need to be tuned in all the time as well. I think the biggest thing we learned is that we're gonna be tuned in and alert for balls in the box, quick throw-ins, quick set pieces, and quick transitions. If we can slow them down on those, we'll have a chance to get three points out of this game."

CJ's Three Keys for Three Points

  1. Defend as a group
  2. Keep the ball on the ground
  3. High energy for 90 plus minutes

Kim shared his thoughts further on Chicago House AC’s mindset as they look to bounce back against Detroit City FC at home this Sunday. 

"There's nothing on my mind; there's nothing on our team's mind other than to win," said Kim. “Chicago House AC has allowed us to have SeatGeek Stadium as our home. It's our house, and for us to lose 4-0 to New Amsterdam FC, especially on the home opener, is unacceptable. That will never happen again, and our job is to show up and prove it not just with our words but with our actions, our commitment, and our energy, and that's what we're gonna bring this weekend."

The match begins at 6:00 PM CST at SeatGeek Stadium this Sunday, August 29th. Tickets for the match are available at www.chicagohouseac.com/tickets. Fans can watch the match at www.chicagohouseac.com/watch-live. Follow the team's social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @ChicagoHouse_AC for live updates and fan reactions. Enjoy the match. #OurCityOurHouse

 

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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