MATCH PREVIEW: September 10th, 2021 at California United Strikers FC

The House Look To Build Momentum Out West As They Look To Bring Three Points Home
Published Sep 10, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (September 10th, 2021) - Chicago House AC will travel to the West Coast for a Sunday evening clash against California United Strikers FC at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California, at 6:00pm CST. Chicago House AC comes into this match off a 0-0 draw against Michigan Stars FC. This past Wednesday, Cal United needed a late stoppage-time goal from Aydan Bowers to record a 1-1 draw against the LA Force.

The House currently sits in 10th place in the NISA League table with 4 points, while California United Strikers FC is in 3rd place with 9 points. The House players remain confident going into their Sunday matchup that they can get a result against the Strikers.

Chicago House AC defender Rodolfo Sulia is focused on keeping the clean sheet for Sunday's match. 

"We've been improving game each game," notes Sulia. "We came from a 4-0 loss to New Amsterdam FC, and Detroit City FC had no shots until the penalty kick, and now we got a 0-0 draw. I think it's an outstanding improvement; we've been working on the defense, we've been working on the attack, and I feel there's a lot of good things coming in the future."

Chicago House AC midfielder AR Smith discussed the importance of building an identity as the season goes along.

"Big kudos to the coaching staff and CJ with putting a system in place where you fit in, or you leave," said Smith. "Once everybody bought into that idea of what team or what identity we were going to carry as a team, it made us better soccer players and better human beings. I think bringing that onto the field shows how you build chemistry week after week. Our motto is 1%, and we want to get 1% better each time we get together on the field. We gotta score some goals, and that starts with me and the rest of the forwards. As far as an organization goes, I think we are getting 1% better every day."

Head Coach and Technical Director C.J. Brown likes what he sees from the players at training and finding ways to implement that in action as the team moves forward and continues to grow. Coach Brown gave some insights on taking the momentum from our last match and building on that to get points against the California United Strikers FC.

"In the past few games defensively, we've been tightening things up a bit more," said Coach Brown. "Our focus on concentration has been pretty good, and we have to continue that going into our match against Cal United. We don't want to be a defensive team and sit back. We need to focus after winning the ball, how quickly we can transition to get forward, and if we can't do that quickly then learn how patient we can be with the ball to get the ball forward and create attacking moments."

CJ Three Keys to Three Points

  1. Stay disciplined defensively
  2. Being good with the ball
  3. Getting numbers into the attack

The match starts at 6:00pm CST/4:00pm PST at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine, CA. 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. 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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