Chicago House AC Announces Solidarity Payment To Steel City FC

Chicago’s NISA Club Will Compensate Midwest Premier League Club For Damon Almazan’s Recent Signing
Published Jun 9, 2021

CHICAGO (June 9, 2021) - Chicago House AC announced that the club will be making a solidarity payment to Steel City FC to compensate them for the recent signing of midfielder Damon Almazan to the inaugural roster. This payment is intended to aid in the development of Steel City FC and create a relationship between the clubs in hopes of signing future players.

Almazan spent the 2020 season in Joliet, Ill., with Steel City FC in the Midwest Premier League (MWPL) before being signed by Chicago House AC on June 4th, 2021.

“On behalf of Steel City FC and the Midwest Premier League, I am very excited to see the recent signing of Damon Almazan by Chicago House Athletic Club,” says MWPL Commissioner, Andy Hayes. “The clubs have worked together within the broader NISA affiliation framework and I couldn’t be happier to see this type of collaboration and partnership. The resulting solidarity payment reinforces NISA and its clubs commitment to developing talent and a proper player pipeline to grow the game organically.” 

The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) is built on a foundation of growth opportunities for all of its participating clubs and players. Chicago House AC’s solidarity payment to Steel City FC backs this commitment from the club-level in advance of its inaugural season.

"I believe this may be the first solidarity payment from a pro club to an amateur club in American soccer history," Chicago House AC Managing Partner, President & CEO Peter Wilt notes. “The payment is a just reward for their role in developing Damon.”

In September 2020, NISA announced a developmental partnership with the MWPL. Aside from opportunities for players to advance their careers and play professionally, NISA allots MWPL at least two merit-based spots in the annual NISA Independent Cup tournament being held this July. MWPL also will be an active participant on the NISA Alliance Board which manages the interconnectedness of the growing number of affiliates.

“This solidarity payment represents an investment in growing American soccer,” says NISA EVP Josh Prutch. “In building our affiliate relationships, we focused on rewarding clubs monetarily for developing talent that progresses to NISA clubs. I am proud that NISA and its member clubs believe in this concept and have agreed to support amateur clubs like Steel City.”

The details of this solidarity payment will not be made available to the public.

“We are extremely excited for Damon as well as for the Steel City organization! It was never about the money or solidarity payment, but more so about the development and giving the opportunity and opening doors for talent in the community,” says Steel City FC Owner and President, Jason Almazan. “Networking is the most important part in creating the culture that we need in the United States for this game. Our trophy is not metal, our trophy is to feed into the system.”

For more information, please contact Chicago House AC’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Walter Nolan-Cohn via email at walter@chicagohouseac.com.

 

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 National Independent Soccer Association (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.

ABOUT Midwest Premier League (MWPL)

The Midwest Premier League began play in spring of 2021. The league focuses on sustainability for its member clubs, including sharing of best practices and ideas for running elite amateur and semi-professional soccer clubs. The league encourages a high level of competition and professional operations among its member clubs. The league is run by a board of directors, who are elected by league members. For more information, visit MidwestPL.com and follow the Midwest Premier League on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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