MATCH RECAP: Chicago House AC Gets A Crucial Point On The Road

The House And Stars Fail To Find The Back Of The Net In A 0-0 Draw In Michigan
Published Sep 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, MI (September 4th, 2021) - Chicago House AC (1-1-3, 4pts) picked up one point against the Michigan Stars FC (1-3-2, 6pts) in a draw on Saturday, September 4th. It's the first match to end in a draw for Chicago House AC in their NISA history. This was the second consecutive match to end in a 0-0 draw for the Stars.

Chicago House AC had a few chances early in the match, including a shot in the first minute from Wojciech Wojcik that went just over the net. Matteo Kidd had another quality chance in the 35th minute but couldn't convert. In the second half, Michigan Stars FC created chances from Steven Juncaj and Alexandre Frank. Still, Chicago House AC goalkeeper Michael Novotny made vital saves to keep the score even. Late into stoppage time, Chicago House AC had four scoring chances to try to put the ball into the back of the net. During a skirmish in front of the Stars net, Wojciech Wojcik and AR Smith both had shots blocked on back-to-back chances. Michael Kafari gathered the rebound, but Michigan Stars FC goalkeeper Tatenda Mkruva made another save. Michael Kozielek had one final shot, but it sailed over the net. 

After the end of the match, Head Coach and Technical Director C.J. Brown expressed why getting the point on the road was crucial.

"It's always going to be important, and being on the road getting one or three points is ideal," said Coach Brown. "Now that we got one [point] against Michigan, we'll need to shoot to get three points against Cal United. They will bring challenges because they have a good attacking group, and some guys who like to move the ball around. We need to be disciplined defensively, not get pulled out, and try to counter their opportunities."

Coach Brown also shared his perspective on why the team has been struggling to score goals.

"At the beginning of the season, we were very aggressive and had numbers in the box," explained Coach Brown. "That resulted in leaving our backline exposed, and in the last few matches, we've been more focused on defending as a group which has lessened the opportunity for goals. That's the process of figuring out that the game is going to be played in both directions. We were super aggressive the first two matches and paid for it in the third match against New Amsterdam FC. We tightened up in the last two matches and had a few chances where one led to a goal, and the others did not. At the end of the day, if we can get the defense right, attacking wise we got a good group of guys that will figure it out whether they get fit, be more patient with the ball, and grow off the field with it will be key for us, and that's something we'll focus on these next few weeks."

Chicago House AC defender David Abidor shared how bringing his leadership experience on the team will help benefit the backline as they will try to keep that clean sheet going into their next match.

"Myself included and all the other veteran players, I think we have a terrific group of older guys," said Abidor. "Even though we took a draw on the road, I think the spirits are high. I think that's one of the most important things about being a veteran; things might not always go the right way, but finding a way to build from that is the key. It's like having a goldfish memory and understanding that it happened, and you move on a build from that."

Despite picking up a point on the road, the House remains in 10th place in the NISA League table while the Michigan Stars FC move up to 6th place.

This Sunday, September 12th, the House will be traveling to the West Coast for the first time. The club faces California United Strikers FC at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California, at 6 PM CST/4 PM PST. Fans can tune in live by visiting www.chicagohouseac.com/watch-live. 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.

 

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.