• Soccer talk since 1994!

    Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is North America's longest running soccer radio show, celebrating our 30th anniversary this month!

     

    On each show, host Joe "Red Card" Sirianni, co-host and WYSL Sports Director Andrew Battisti and Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com discuss the world of soccer, from Flower City Union, Flower City 1872 and the Rochester Lancers to MLS to the world's game and welcome both local and national guests to the airwaves.


    Click below to listen on Mondays or tune to our flagship station in Rochester, NY - WYSL 1040 AM/92.1 FM and 95.5 FM! The shows are also available on this site under Podcasts.

    Our Latest Show - 6/10/24

    30th Anniversary Show Part 1

    We had the first of our two 30th anniversary shows featuring the legends of the NASL Rochester Lancers! This show had guests from the early years of the team, including the 1970 NASL Championship side;

    1. The Chairman of the Board of the NASL Lancers and the founder of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass in 1994, Charlie Schiano!
    2. The captain of the Lancers from 1969-1975, including the '70 champs, Charlie Mitchell.
    3. One of the Lancers' all-time leading scorers and 1969 NASL champ with KC Spurs, Manfred Seissler.
    4. Goalkeeper on the 1970 team and our former international correspondent, "Mr. Zero" Dick Howard, who also preivewed the 2024 Euros.
    5. The only 2-time NASL MVP (in 1970 and 1971), "Il Topolino" Carlos Metidieri.
    6. A 1970 NASL Champion who played 8 seasons for the Lancers, "The man who marked Pele" Frank Odoi

    Next week, we will have our second 30th anniversary show featuring interviews with the Lancers from 1974-1980 and the man who covered the team in those years, Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), with many stories of these legendary Lancers players!

    Click to download a copy

    World Cup 2026 Schedule

    Download a PDF file of the schedule!

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    Available for all soccer fans!

    The long-awaited book on the history of the original Rochester Lancers from their inception in the 1960's to their final NASL season in 1980, written by the man who covered the Lancers from 1975-1980 for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, our Soccer is a Kick in the Grass' US Soccer Reporter, Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis.

     

    Visit www.rochesterlancersbook.com to learn more or click below to purchase the book today!

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    Now available!

    The second book on the history of the Rochester Lancers, "Still Alive and Kicking - The story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers", written by our Soccer is a Kick in the Grass' US Soccer Reporter, Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis.

     

    Visit www.rochesterlancersbook.com to learn more or click below to purchase the book today!

    Flower City Union and Flower City 1872

    2023 Sponsors of

    Soccer is a Kick in the Grass

    For tickets. merch & more, visit www.flowercityunion.com

    A TO Z - 50 Years of Soccer in North America 1966-2016 by Dick Howard

    Our former international correspondent, Canadian Soccer and Rochester Lancers Wall of Famer Dick Howard, has done it all in the world's game, from playing in the NASL and on the Canadian National Team to teaching and coaching to radio and TV broadcasting to serving on the FIFA Technical Study Group. Dick has compiled a A-Z of his life in soccer, which you can download below (PDF).

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