Two Away From 20; Chicago House AC Makes Three More Player Signings

Nazeem Bartman, Seo-in Kim and AR Smith Are The Latest Additions To The Inaugural Roster For The House, Which Now Includes 18 Players
Published Jul 30, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (July 30th, 2021) – Chicago House Athletic Club, the Windy City’s new professional soccer team, announced the signing of three players to their active roster. Forwards Nazeem Bartman and AR Smith and Midfielder Seo-in Kim will officially join the House in advance of their final NISA Independent Cup Match tomorrow, Saturday July 31st vs. Union Dubuque in Iowa.

Forward Nazeem Bartman adds a fast and technical forward to the House. Bartman is known to play with his back to the goal and turn quickly to find space, using his quickness to lure in defenders. The South African striker utilizes elusiveness to create space and has very strong finishing and passing ability. Bartman is familiar with NISA, competing most recently with Stumptown AC in NISA during the 2020 season and with Atlanta SC prior to that in 2019. In 2018, Bartman split time with Ubuntu Cape Town FC in South Africa and Myrtle Beach Mutiny in South Carolina. While competing with Ubuntu in the National First Division in South Africa, he saw time in 14 matches, following eight matches with Myrtle Beach where he netted five goals and logged four assists.

Nazeem Bartman attended college at Tyler Junior College in 2013 and 2014 before transferring to the University of South Florida for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. During his two seasons playing JuCo, Bartman saw time in 39 total matches, scoring 34 goals and 19 assists. His high level of play on the field earned him NJCAA Player of the Year honors in 2014, First Team All-Conference in 2013 and 2014, First Team All-American in 2014, and All-Tournament Team in 2013 and 2014. Following his transfer to the University of South Florida, Bartman netted 14 goals in 37 matches, five of those goals coming as match winners. The USF Bull earned First Team All-Conference honors in 2015 and 2016, All-American Third Team in 2015,  First Team Conference Tournament Team in 2015 and 2016 and was named a Mac Herman Semi-Finalist in 2015. Upon graduation, Bartman was drafted 73rd overall in the 2017 MLS Superdraft by the Vancouver White Caps.

“Being part of Chicago house in its first season as a professional club is exciting,” explained Bartman. “I’m glad I will be part of it and I can’t wait to start playing in front of the fans!”

South Korean-born midfielder, Seo-in Kim joins Chicago House AC following competing with Oakland Roots during the 2020 season. While competing with the Roots, “SOSO” was named to the All-Tournament First Team and was recognized as the “Man of the Match” during the third round of the 2020 NISA Tournament, among other accolades. Prior to playing with Oakland, Kim saw 11 starts in 12 appearances with Qormi FC in the Malta BOV Premier League in 2018 and 2019. Here he took home multiple “Man of the Match” honors, as well as being named to the Team of the Week during the first week of the season. This earned him MVP honors for the first half of the 2018 season. While competing with Qormi FC, “SOSO” played on loan with Sk Zapy in the Czech Reserve League.

Kim attended college at the University of California-Santa Barbara from 2015-2018 and Duke University from 2013-2015. During his time as a Gaucho, UCSB “SOSO” made 13 starts in 37 appearances, scoring twice, adding two assists, and was named a team captain in 2017. While at Duke, he made 14 starts in 37 appearances, netting two goals and five assists. Prior to college, Kim competed in the Sporting Kansas City MLS Professional Academy from 2010-2014, signing at the age of 14 years old. Here he gained valuable experience in First Team training and Reserve games and appeared in three MLS reserve matches. He was nominated for Male Youth Player of the Year in 2013 and was ranked the #1 overall player in the state of Kansas, and #1 player in the Heartland region. Kim also competed in the USA Olympic Program up until U14, appearing on the USA U14 National Team in 2008.

“I grew up in Midwest soccer, so coming back & signing with Chicago feels like home,” explains Chicago House AC’s newest midfielder. “I’m grateful to represent such an inspiring & creative city; I hope to make my mark on & off the pitch.”

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, AR Smith joins his hometown’s newest pro soccer team prior to its inaugural season. Smith is a strong, fast striker who is a great runner off the ball and is best known for his ability to finish. His excellent passing vision and good game awareness adds a useful skill set to the House attack. Smith has traveled to multiple countries during his time as a professional soccer player. He last competed with Leon FC in Mexico during the 2018 season. Prior to his time in Mexico, Smith saw time with San Roque Lepe in Spain from 2017-2018 and Nordvarmlands FF in Sweden from 2016-2017.

The Butler University alumni played NCAA Division I soccer from 2013-2016. During his college career, Smith was part of Lehigh Valley United PDL from 2015-2016, Chicago Fire PDL from 2014-2015 and Chicago Fire U19/PDL from 2013-2014. Prior to college, Smith was a member of the Chicago Fire Academy’s U18 and U16 teams from 2011-2013 and the Chicago Magic Academy from 2010-2011.

“It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to continue playing this beautiful game at a professional level,” says Smith. “Chicago is home for me, and to play for my city alongside a really talented squad in front of lifelong family and friends has always been a dream of mine.”

Pending registration approval from NISA and USSF, the additions of Nazeem Bartman, Seo-in Kim and AR Smith brings Chicago House AC’s roster to eighteen players:

 

Chicago House AC Roster (as of July 30th, 2021):

Forwards (4): Nazeem Bartman, Jacob Bevan, AR Smith, Wojciech Wojcik

Midfielders (8): Leonardo Acosta, Damon Almazan, Drew Conner, Michael Kafari, Matteo Kidd, Seo-in Kim, Michael Kozielek, Keegan Thompson

Defenders (3): David Abidor, Stefan Mijatovic, Rodolfo Sulia

Goalkeepers (3): Brandon Barnes, Mike Novotny, Joel Serrano

Chicago House AC Transactions - July 30th, 2021:

  • Chicago House AC signs forward Nazeem Bartman to their active roster on July 30th, 2021.
  • Chicago House AC signs midfielder Seo-in Kim to their active roster on July 30th, 2021.
  • Chicago House AC signs forward AR Smith to their active roster on July 30th, 2021.

 

For more information on Chicago House AC’s roster, please visit www.chicagohouseac.com/roster.

 

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 info@chicagohouseac.com, visit www.chicagohouseac.com and follow 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. For more information about NISA visit NISAOfficial.com or contact at info@nisasoccer.com. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.

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