• Soccer talk since 1994!

    Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is North America's longest running soccer radio show, now in its 29th year! 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 Broadcast - 3/27/23

    The show had 2 special guests:


    Rochester Lancers President and GM, Kayla Klark Kent Moriera, who spoke on this past season for the team in the MASL2, just missing the postseason, how the team was supported by the fand and the staff and what the team and the game experience will be like in 2024.


    The GM of Flower City Union and the new UWS women's team, Flower City 1872, Andrew Hoyt, who talked about the official announcement of 1872 in a press conference at the Susan B Anthony House and Museum and how the museum is affiliated with the franchise, the planned home opener, the building of the roster and ticket availability. Andrew also talked about the Union opener on Saturday in Mar and the US Open Cup match at home on 4/4 vs Manhattan SC.


    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com) and the upcoming 2nd book "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers, spoke about being the special guest of the Lancers this past weekend for their final 2 matches, the US Men facing El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nations League Monday, the success of St. Louis City in MLS and the potential move of Lionel Messi to MLS.


    Andrew gave the international report including results of the Euro 2024 qualifiers this past week, Antonio Conte leaving Spurs on Sunday and the big matches this weekend in Europe, including Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund on ABC on Saturday.

    Available now!

    The long-awaited book on the history of the Rochester Lancers from their inception in the 1960's to their final 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!


    Coming soon... Michael's second Lancers book - Still Alive and Kicking, the story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers!

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    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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