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Joe "Red Card" Sirianni
Joe Sirianni, born in Italy, has been part of the Rochester soccer scene since coming here in the mid-1950s, first involved with the Italian American Sport Club, then as trainer and traveling secretary of the Rochester Lancers and Rochester Flash, and most recently as host of Soccer Is A Kick In The Grass. Joe earned the nickname "Red Card" because he was the only trainer in NASL history to earn a red card in a match between the Lancers and the Chicago Sting.
Andrew Battisti, a native Rochestarian, has followed soccer since the days of Soccer Made in Germany and All-Star Soccer on WXXI-TV in the 1970's. Andrew has been on local radio for over 40 years as a disc jockey, sports broadcaster and play-by-play announcer for RIT soccer, St. John Fisher, RIT and Roberts Wesleyan basketball and the Rochester Zeniths of the Continental Basketball Association. Andrew was also the host of pre-and-post game shows on Rochester Rhinos’ radio broadcasts on WYSL and did play-by-play and color for the Rhinos, Western New York Flash, Flower City Union and the Rochester Lancers men and women in the past number of years.
A member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, Dick Howard was one of Canada's top goalkeepers for over a decade, playing 7 years in the NASL, including manning the nets for the 1970 NASL Champion Rochester Lancers, where he earned the nickname "Mr. Zero" both for the number he wore and the shutouts he posted.
Dick lives in Toronto, Ontario and has been a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group for many years. Dick has also served as a color analyst and in-studio host for international matches on Fox Sports and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
On a personal note, Dick received the Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Award from the Canadian Soccer Association, which recognizes the efforts of those persons who have made an impact on the growth and development of soccer in Canada through an overall contribution to refereeing ,coaching , playing and/or administration. Congratulations Dick!
Dick has been involved in the world's game for over 50 years and has chronicled his soccer journey in a manuscript called "A TO Z 50 Years of Soccer in North America 1966-2016 by Dick Howard" Click here to read about Dick's life in soccer!
One of US soccer's most decorated journalists, Michael Lewis began his career covering the world's game as the beat writer for the NASL Rochester Lancers from 1975-1980. Since then, Michael has written on all levels of US soccer, including the Men's and Women's World Cups, the Olympics and high school and college soccer in the New York City area. He has covered Major League Soccer since its inception and is the only sportswriter to report live at every MLS Cup until 2020.
Michael has written a number of books, his latest being the long awaited "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" - visit rochesterlancersbook.com. He is the purveyor of Front Row Soccer covering all levels of the sport in New York, both the New York City area and upstate, including the Rochester Lancers.
Show Producer at WYSL Radio
Bob returned to WYSL in 2002 after ten years in retail management, distribution and outside sales, where he received several awards and honors for various achievements. He was originally Operations Manager at WYSL (1988-1992) and returned to supervise operations, production, sports, and other daily activities in broadcasting, including lending his considerable talents to Soccer Is A Kick In The Grass every Monday night.