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Huntsville City Football Club Earns Two Points on the Road Following Shootout Win over Chicago Fire II


Bridgeview, IL (May 12, 2023) – Huntsville City Football Club picked up two points following a penalty shootout win over Chicago Fire II Friday night at SeatGeek Stadium. After the match finished 1-1 in regulation, Huntsville secured the extra point by winning the penalty kick shootout 4-1.

Huntsville got on the board first on the last kick of the first half, when midfielder Isaiah Johnston converted a penalty after teammate Chris N’Sa was taken down in the box. This marked Johnston’s first goal for the club.

Chicago got an equalizer early in the second half after a foul on a corner kick led to a penalty, which the Fire converted.

After regulation finished 1-1, Huntsville would secure the extra point after winning the shootout 4-1, with Isaiah Johnston making the winning penalty and goalkeeper John Berner making a crucial save in his Huntsville City FC debut.

After the match Head Coach Jack Collison and midfielder Isaiah Johnston addressed the team’s performance on the night, the character the team showed, and the momentum the result builds ahead of the team’s home opener. Coach Collison also discussed the team’s process, and the performance of goalie John Berner.

Huntsville City FC will finally get to play in front of its home fans next week as the team hosts its first game at Joe Davis Stadium against Crown Legacy at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets for the historic match can be purchased here. 


  • Huntsville City
    • converted its first penalty of the season in regulation time
    • leads MLS NEXT Pro in shootout wins, following third win tonight
  • John Berner
    • made his Huntsville City FC and MLS NEXT Pro debut
    • had five saves on the night, plus a save in the penalty shootout
  • Jonathan Bolaños has started every game for Huntsville City FC
  • Isaiah Johnston scored his first goal of the season and the winning penalty in the shootout
  • Nick Law led the team as captain for fourth time this season
  • Azaad Liadi made his first start since Matchweek 1

Box Score:         

Huntsville City FC (0W-4L-3D, 3SOW, 6 pts.) vs. Chicago Fire II (2W-3L-3D, 0SOW, 9 pts.)       

SeatGeek Stadium | Bridgeview, IL

Final Score       

CHI II: 1  
HCFC: 1  

Huntsville City FC earns extra point 4-1 via shootout
Scoring Summary         

HCFC: Isaiah Johnston (penalty) 45+3’

CHI: Harold Osorio (penalty) 57’


HCFC: Azaad Liadi (caution) 26’


HCFC Starters: John Berner, Josh Drack, Cyrus Rad, Sean Suber, Chris N’sa, Kemy Amiche, Joey DeZart, Nick Law (C) (Shaun Joash 86’), Isaiah Johnston, Azaad Liadi (Tyler Freeman 66’), Jonathan Bolaños (Ollie Wright 66’)

Substitutes: Justin Cox, Ahmed Longmire, Perrin Barnes, Alejandro Carillo, Joey Skinner

CHI IIStarters: Jeffrey Gal, Charlie Ostrem, Lamonth Rochester, Noah Egan, Justin Reynolds, Harold Osorio, Eric Leonard, Luka Prpa (Alex Monis 75’), Billy Hency (Richard Fleming 75’), Victor Bezerra (Sergio Oregel 46’), Omari Glasgow (Michael Nesci 81’)

Substitutes: Patrick Los, Jake Fuderer, Allan Rodriguez, Michael Flores, Noah Hernandez