MATCH RECAP: Chicago House AC Loses Another Close One To LA Force In Irvine, CA

The Goal Drought Continues As The House Lose 1-0 To The LA Force On The West Coast
Published Sep 17, 2021

IRVINE, CA (September 16th, 2021) - Chicago House AC (1-1-5, 4pts) lose 1-0 in a tense battle with the LA Force (4-4-0, 16pts). It was a very physical game that saw two red cards, missed opportunities for the House, and frustration as their goal-scoring drought extended to a fifth match.

Early in the match, forward Derek Huffman had a great chance to give the House a lead in the 3rd minute. He got the cross from Matteo Kidd to set himself up for the header, but Brandon Gomez made a left-handed save to prevent a goal for the House. In the 11th minute, Wojciech Wojcik received the ball from Leo Acosta and was able to turn and make a left-footed shot, but his shot hit the right side of the post. After that, Chicago House AC had fewer chances in the first half but could not finish those chances. The LA Force had three corner kicks in the first half but also couldn't convert those chances. In stoppage time in the first half, the LA Force had a free-kick, but the shot was no threat to goalkeeper Michael Novotny. The LA Force went the whole first half without a shot on target against Chicago House AC.

It took the LA Force until the 55th minute to get their first shot on target from D'Morea Alewine, but Michael Novotny dove to make that save for the House. In the 66th minute, the LA Force had a free kick opportunity, and Christian Chaney converted on his header to give the Force a 1-0 lead. The House had a chance to respond immediately after that goal with a shot from Ian Cerro, but it sailed over the net in the 67th minute. In the 82nd minute, Musa Morris committed a foul, and the referee decided to show him a red card. The House had to play a man down for the remainder of the match.

Goalkeeper Michael Novotny came up with back-to-back saves in the 87th minute on Manuel Padilla and Christian Chaney to keep the House in the match. In the 90th minute, the referee walked towards the Chicago House AC bench and showed head coach C.J. Brown a red card. Afterward, the LA Force had a chance to add to their lead in stoppage time, but Michael Novotny made another pair of double saves from Alvaro Madrigal-Zavala and Christian Chaney. The match ended frustratingly for the House, but now the players will have to hit the reset button and prepare for another rematch against the Michigan Stars FC at home next week.

After the match, Head Coach and Technical Director, C.J. Brown shared his perspective on the club's missed chances early in the game.

"It's what we train for and plan for, and [despite the missed chances] it shows the potential we have," said Coach Brown. "We will get it right eventually. The guys are working hard, the guys have trained, and putting in the effort. They showed the attitude and had a great response compared to the last match and played good soccer against a good team."

Despite the tough start, Coach Brown feels the team chemistry is going well and building a strong cohesion with the club.

"We had a lot of good cohesion today with a lot of good soccer and it was fun to watch our guys play," said Coach Brown. "Usually, when I walk away from these games, it's not a perfect defeat. It's usually a little frustrating, but tonight I felt good about the way our guys played. I thought they had a good performance, and it's sad to walk out of here with no points or get at least one point out of this game."

Coach Brown closed out his post-match presser praising goalkeeper Michael Novotny's performance during this recent road trip.

"[Mike] Novotny's been playing well and doing good for our team and the backline," said Coach Brown. "He's been pretty solid, and I'm happy with him."

The House remains in 10th place in the NISA Fall standings while the LA Force remains in 2nd place.

Next Friday, September 24, the House will be back home to take on the Michigan Stars FC at SeatGeek Stadium at 7:30 PM CST. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting 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.


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 or by calling our Ticket Sales Team at (312) 444-0976. For more information on Chicago House AC, please visit and follow the club on social media @ChicagoHouse_AC. 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.