Chicago House AC Signs Defender Andrew Ribeiro

Former MLS, USL Defender Returns To The Pitch To Aid The Back Line Of The House
Published Sep 30, 2021

CHICAGO, IL (September 30th, 2021) - Chicago House Athletic Club, Chicago’s new professional soccer team, announced the signing of defender Andrew Ribeiro. Chicago’s latest addition will officially join the House for its upcoming NISA match versus 1904 FC in San Diego, CA on Saturday, October 2nd at 8:00pm CST.

Andrew Ribeiro, 30, returns to the pitch to join the House after taking the last five years off from competing professionally in the sport. The veteran defender looks to bring a wealth of leadership and soccer pedigree to Chicago’s up-and-coming team during its inaugural season in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA.)

The last time Ribeiro laced up the cleats was with Orlando City SC B in the United Soccer League (USL) during the 2016 season. Prior to this tenure, Ribeiro competed with Charlotte Independence FC in USL from 2014-2015 and Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC in USL during the 2014 season. While competing with all three of these clubs from 2014-2016, Andrew Ribeiro served as team captain.

Ribeiro also brings experience in Major League Soccer (MLS). During the first half of 2014, he saw time with Chivas USA in Carson, CA. He was originally selected by the New York Red Bulls in the fourth round of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. Ribeiro attended Creighton University (2009-2012) where he helped the Bluejays to two consecutive NCAA College Cup appearances and took home 2012 Missouri Conference Defensive Player of the Year, All-MVC First Team and MVC All-Tournament Team honors.

“I find it beautiful, albeit fortunate, to have the opportunity for my passions of competition and mentorship through soccer align with my job,” shares Chicago’s newest defender. “Though I wish I could do this forever, I will continue this opportunity until it no longer thrills me to do so.”

Pending registration approval from NISA and USSF, the additions of Andrew Ribeiro brings Chicago House AC’s roster to 23 total players:

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

  • Forwards (5): Nazeem Bartman, Derek Huffman, Musa Morris, AR Smith, Wojciech Wojcik
  • Midfielders (10): Leonardo Acosta, Damon Almazan, Louis Bennett II, Ian Cerro, Drew Conner, Michael Kafari, Matteo Kidd, Seo-in Kim, Michael Kozielek, Keegan Thompson
  • Defenders (4): David Abidor, Anthony Bowie, Stefan Mijatovic, Andrew Ribeiro, Rodolfo Sulia
  • Goalkeepers (3): Brandon Barnes, Mike Novotny, Joel Serrano

Chicago House AC Transactions - September 30th, 2021:

  • Chicago House AC signed defender Andrew Ribeiro to the active roster on September 30th, 2021.

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

 

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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