Chicago House AC
Chicago House AC Logo.png
Full nameChicago House Athletic Club
Nickname(s)CHAC
Founded2020; 2 years ago (2020)
StadiumStuart Field, Illinois Institute of Technology
OwnerLindsey Morgan Sacks
Head coachMatt Poland
LeagueMidwest Premier League
WebsiteClub website

Chicago House Athletic Club is an American professional men's soccer club owned by Lindsey Morgan Sacks and led by CEO Peter Wilt. The club is based in Chicago, Illinois. They began play in August 2021, competing in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a professional 3rd tier league.[1][2] The club currently play in the semi-professional Midwest Premier League.[3]

History

On September 10, 2020, the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) announced that an investor group, led by league founder Peter Wilt, had applied for a club to play in the Chicago market.[4] Wilt had previously attempted to start a new Chicago team in 2016 with the North American Soccer League (NASL) and more recently in 2018, following his departure from NISA, successfully started the Madison, Wisconsin based Forward Madison FC in USL League One.[5][6] Other investors included Bruce Merivale-Austin.[7]

On November 5, NISA officially announced the team had been accepted with an aim to begin play in Fall 2021.[8] In the following months, the team asked fans to submit potential team names that related to the history and culture of Chicago. The team selected 68 finalists and held a fan advisory poll bracket, dubbed "Moniker Madness", to determine the most popular option.[9] The winner of the poll, "Chicago House" was unveiled as the official name on February 23, 2021, alongside the team crest and colors.[10][11]

On January 27, 2021, the team confirmed that it would play home matches at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois.[12] On February 2, former Chicago Fire FC player and all-time appearance leader C. J. Brown was announced as the team's first technical director and head coach.[13]

On May 1, 2021, the team announced that Lindsey Morgan Sacks would become the new primary team owner, taking control of the club from Bruce Merivale-Austin.[14]

On July 9, 2021, the team played their official first match in club history, losing 2–0 to amateur side FC Milwaukee Torrent in the 2021 NISA Independent Cup.

Two weeks later, the House defeated Union Dubuque FC by a score of 5–0 to end the Independent Cup campaign with a first win in club history.

The club finished 6th in its inaugural season, posting a 7-2-9 record. Wojciech Wojcik was the team's top scorer, notching eight goals.

During the off-season, the club fell into disrepute with NISA, owing to a rift between Laurence Girard, husband of owner Lindsey-Morgan Sacks, and NISA commissioner John Prutch. As such, CHAC were voted out of the league and excluded from the 2022 U.S. Open Cup, along with New Amsterdam FC, owned by Girard.

In March 2022, it was announced via social media that the club would join the Midwest Premier League for the upcoming season.[15] CEO Wilt also expressed intent to return to NISA in 2023.

The House announced its initial Midwest Premier League schedule via social media and also announced it would play its home matches at Stuart Field, on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology.[16]

Name, Colors, and Crest

Name

There was a contest for the name of the team called "Moniker Madness" for the then Chicago Nisa team.[17]Of 400 possible names the public was asked to vote on 68. With the winner becoming the chosen name of the new team.

Chicago House AC’s name was submitted by fan Brian Costin. “Chicago House music has always been about peace, love, and acceptance, and has influenced music culture all over the globe,” says Costin.[18] They are often referred to as CHAC on the scoreboard and as a Nickname.

Colors

The colors are Patina Green, Promontory Black, Deep Rust, and Alpha Grey.[19] With Full White and Full black as substitutes. Oddly enough the black and white substitutes has become a NISA tradition among newer clubs as so many use these colors when they begin playing.

Crest

The Crest was created with FOUR major design features included.

1- it uses civic symbols and geometry.

2- skyline, music equalizer and the knuckles of a closed fist.

3- Flipping the traditional shield shape.

4- the municipal fork of the Chicago river which is displayed below the roofline as it is all over the city.

Season Performance 2021

Fall 2021 was the inaugural season for Chicago House AC.

Due to the shift from Fall-Spring (2021 & prior) to Spring-Fall season for 2022 onward meant it was a shorter season.

This also meant that it would be a single table, with the Champion being the First Place holder of said table at the end of the season.[20]

2021 Preseason Games

CHAC played 3 preseason games before the Fall Season 2021 in the Independent Cup.[21] [22]

Independent cup 2021 Midwest Region
Date Time Home Team Score Away Team Location
July 9, 2021 7:00 PM CT Milwaukee Torrent 2-0 CHAC Hart Park Stadium
July 24, 2021 6:45 PM CT Med City FC 1-1 CHAC Rochester Regional Stadium
July 31, 2021 5:00 PM CT Union Dubuque FC 0-5 CHAC Dubuque Soccer Complex

2021 Fall Regular season

CHAC played 18 games total.[23]

League Performance
Season League Finish MP W D L Pts GF GA GD
Fall 2021 NISA 6 18 7 2 9 23 18 26 -8
2022 MWPL 2 1 0 1 3

Players and staff

Current roster

As of September 10, 2021[24]

Fall 2021 stats can be found here. [25]


2021 roster below

No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Joel Serrano  Puerto Rico
2 DF John Requejo  United States
3 MF Keegan Thompson  United States
5 DF David Abidor  United States
7 MF Michael Kozielek  United States
8 MF Drew Conner  United States
9 FW Wojciech Wojcik  Poland
10 FW Nazeem Bartman  South Africa
11 MF Musa Morris  Nigeria
12 DF Michael Kafari  Ghana
14 FW Anthony Ray Smith, Jr.  United States
17 MF Leonardo Acosta  United States
18 GK Mike Novotny  United States
21 DF Louis Bennett II  United States
22 MF Matteo Kidd  United States
24 DF Stefan Mijatović  United States
27 DF Anthony Bowie  United States
30 MF Ian Cerro  United States
32 DF Rodolfo Sulia  Puerto Rico
33 GK Brandon Barnes  United States
88 DF Seo-In Kim  South Korea
94 MF Damon Almazan  United States
99 FW Derek Huffman  United States


2022 roster below

4 players have confirmed to return from the previous season.

The roster below shows the lineup for the home opener on Friday May 13th 2022.

No. Pos. Player Nation
2 DF Jack Cramer  United States
3 DF Josue Ortiz  United States
5 MF Gaye Diadie  United States
6 DF Adam Misirly  United States
7 MF Adam Mann  United States
8 MF Shannon Seymour  United States
10 FW Seo-In Kim  United States
11 FW Georgi Spasov  United States
13 MF Oskar Duenkel  United States
14 DF AR Smith  United States
17 FW Jed McCloud  United States
21 MF Daniel Hayes  United States
94 FW Damon Almazon  United States
25 DF Musa Morris  United States
97 MF John Cappaccitti  United States
1 GK Joel Estrada  United States
18 GK Tony Halterman  United States
33 GK Vlad Velikin  United States

Front office

References

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  2. ^ "NISA Approves the Chicago NISA Application". NISA Homepage. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  3. ^ "Chicago House AC joins the Midwest Premier League". Midwest Premier League Homepage. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
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  5. ^ Tolmich, Ryan (February 17, 2016). "Peter Wilt looking to revitalize soccer in Chicago with NASL project". SBI Soccer. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
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  7. ^ Sandalow, Brian (November 21, 2020). "With passion for fans, Night Train Veeck eager to build new Chicago soccer franchise". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  8. ^ Lewis, Michael (November 5, 2020). "WELCOME ABOARD: Chicago joins NISA for the 2021 fall season". Front Row Soccer. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  9. ^ Mikula, Jeremy. "What do you get when a Veeck and the man who helped launch the Fire and Red Stars team up? A new soccer team coming to Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
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  11. ^ "New soccer club enters the House". Chicago Sun Times. February 23, 2021. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  12. ^ Hanania, Ray (January 27, 2021). "Chicago NISA Club names SeatGeek Stadium home". Suburban Chicagoland. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  13. ^ Mikula, Jeremy. "Chicago Fire legend C.J. Brown is the 1st technical director and coach of the new Chicago NISA club". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "Chicago House Athletic Club Announces New Primary Team Owner".
  15. ^ "Chicago House AC join Midwest Premier League". Instagram. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  16. ^ "Chicago House AC 2022 schedule announced". Instagram. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  17. ^ Nisa lauches Moniker Madness by the Protagonist blog https://www.protagonistsoccer.com/coverage-blog/monikermadness
  18. ^ Chicago Nisa announces the team name. https://www.chicagohouseac.com/news/2021/02/23/chicago-house-athletic-club-unveiled-along-with-club-marks-and-colors
  19. ^ Team Press kit infohttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/g5lnm707p6q83po/AADJ9vdjJxmqk7GCwO3oDqR_a?dl=0
  20. ^ Interview of NISA Commissioner John Prutch July 5, 2021. On Protagonist Soccer Podcast. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4hkyaxcltLMkbAAV7g4VKL?si=71c7e37d304b48f2&nd=1
  21. ^ Full results of Fall 2021 season https://www.chicagohouseac.com/schedule-2021
  22. ^ 2021 Independent Cup https://www.nisaofficial.com/indcup
  23. ^ Fall 2021 Season Schedule https://www.chicagohouseac.com/news/2021/06/16/chicago-house-ac-nisa-announce-inaugural-fall-2021-season-schedule
  24. ^ "Roster". www.chicagohouseac.com. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  25. ^ Player stats Fall 2021 https://nisasoccer.com/player-stats