Chicago House AC Inks First Player In Club History

Former Chicago Fire and Indy Eleven product from Cary, IL kicks off Chicago House AC’s player signings
Published May 13, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (May 13th, 2021) – Chicago House Athletic Club, Chicago’s newest professional soccer team, announced the signing of midfielder Drew Conner as the first player in Club history.

Conner adds a veteran weapon to the House, known for his energy on and off the field.

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Drew Conner; I know his grit and fight off the ball will be a great example for the younger players, and his calm and creative nature on the ball will guide this club to a lot of success,” notes Chicago House AC Head Coach & Technical Director, C.J. Brown. “To have a player of his caliber, whom I personally feel should still be playing a role in the MLS, join our club is amazing. Signing him sets the standard high right from the start and we are ready to live up to it.”

Born and raised in Cary, IL, Drew Conner’s Chicago soccer roots run deep. In 2009 at 14 years of age, Conner was brought into the Chicago Fire Academy where he won a National Championship during his U16 season. In 2012 he was named Illinois High School Gatorade Player of the Year. Conner played collegiate soccer in the Big Ten conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a four-year starter and captain on the team.

Upon his graduation, the Badger was signed to a homegrown contract for three years with the Chicago Fire. In 2017, he made 23 appearances and helped Chicago’s MLS Club reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Following three seasons with the Fire, Conner played internationally for Znojmo SC in the Czech National Football League before returning to the states in 2019 and joining Indy Eleven of the USL Championship League.

"It’s kind of hard to put into words the excitement and gratitude I feel towards this opportunity,” says Conner. “Growing up and throughout my professional career, I’ve always felt passionate about growing the game of soccer in Chicago. So, when I heard Peter Wilt was starting a new club and C.J. [Brown] was coaching, everything just felt right - like it was meant to be. I can’t wait to give the best, and most authentic version of myself to this team and our fans in pursuit of a trophy. Oh, and I love House music. Let’s win games and blast house music through those stadium speakers. Over and over again!”

Drew Conner officially becomes the first player signed in Chicago House AC history, pending registration approval from NISA and USSF.


Transaction: Chicago House AC signs midfielder Drew Conner to their active roster on May 13th, 2021.


ABOUT Chicago House Athletic Club

Founded in 2020, Chicago House Athletic Club is a community-based professional soccer team which will begin play in Fall 2021 at the 20,000 capacity SeatGeek Stadium at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview, Illinois. The team will compete 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 transparency and working with its constituents to use its platform for social justice, diversity, equality, inclusion and community improvement. For more information, contact us at, visit and follow on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. “Of Chicago, By Chicago, For Chicago.” | “Our City, Our House.”


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. For more information about NISA visit or contact at Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.