MATCH PREVIEW: October 2nd, 2021 @ San Diego 1904 FC

The House Heads Back To The West Coast As They Look To Bring Back Three Points
Published Oct 1, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (October 1st, 2021) - Chicago House AC will hit the road again on another West Coast trip as they prepare to face San Diego 1904 FC for the first time this season. The match will kick off at Canyon Crest Stadium in San Diego, California at 8:00 PM CST on Saturday night. Chicago House AC comes into this match off a thrilling 1-1 draw at home against Michigan Stars FC last Friday night. The House also snapped their five-match goal drought thanks to a highlight-reel goal from Louis Bennett. San Diego 1904 FC lost at home 2-1 to Chattanooga FC this past weekend and have lost five out of their last six matches and haven't won a match since August 14th.

The House sits at the bottom of the NISA fall table with 5 points, while 1904 FC is in 9th place with 7 points.

The House will be looking to build on last week's draw as they try to bring three points back to the Windy City. On Wednesday, September 29th, NISA and the club announced that defender Rodolfo Sulia's red card that was issued in the previous match has been rescinded, and he is now eligible to play this Saturday against 1904 FC.

Sulia expressed his happiness with this news and is looking forward to being with his teammates this Saturday.

"First of all, I'm very grateful for [NISA] rescinding my red card," said Sulia, "I'm very grateful that I can play the next game and help my team. I'll give my best and I feel we are raising our level and feel we are playing good every time, and it's going to be a great game."

Chicago House AC defender Seo-In Kim gave his perspective from the last match against the Michigan Stars FC, Louis Bennett snapping the goal drought, and the team's mindset going into Saturday's match.

"I think we're capable of scoring; it's just we were getting unlucky sometimes," said Kim. "I know Woj hit the post several times in other games, but you know what they say when it rains, it pours. Hopefully, we can keep [the goals] going and a superb strike by Louis, so I got to give him a shout-out for ending the goal drought. It's up to us to keep that going, and our mindset here is to make the opportunities, and I think we've been doing that, but the finishing product is the goal now."

Head Coach and Technical Director, C.J. Brown shared how difficult it was to watch his team from the suite at SeatGeek Stadium while serving his one-match suspension.

"It's always difficult because you want to be there with the guys," said Coach Brown. "We work so hard during the week, and you want to be there supporting them, and you want to be a part of that, including the hard moments they go through. It was frustrating, but I thought the guys did well. I was happy for Matt, Guillermo, and Trevor and thought they continued the message well. The guys came out and played, and I thought they had an excellent game, and it's unfortunate to get the tie, but again the guys are moving in the right direction, our training has been solid, and our messages have been clear with the guys that are performing so I think it's been good."

Coach Brown also shared his thoughts on this weekend's opponent's 1904 FC.

"Going into these games, I feel like from the top three teams we have a chance of winning or losing those games," said coach Brown. "The bottom three, which is where we are at, have a chance to win or lose those games as well. I don't think very many teams are just overly better. Every game for us is a challenge, and there's not one game for us that's going to be easy. I don't think there's one game in the league for any team that's going to be easy. We go out, respect every team we play, and go out with a gameplan to try to win every game, so I don't expect this game against 1904 FC will be easy. Our mentality is every game is going to be hard and we have to push and earn every point that we get."

CJ's Three Keys To Three Points:

  1. Stay Disciplined
  2. Bring energy on the road
  3. Have patience on the ball

Chicago House AC Injury Report

  • Stefan Mijatovic - Injured
  • AR Smith - Injured

The match starts at 8:00 PM CST/6:00 PM PST at Canyon Crest Stadium in San Diego, CA this Saturday, October 2nd. This match will be broadcast as part of beIN Sports Xtra's "Match of the Week." Fans can watch the match on beIN Sports Extra on their TV, phone, or tablet via the PLUTO TV app or the ROKU Channel. 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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