• Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Podcast Archive 2018

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  • February 18, 2019

    Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach and the man of the match in the team's 3-2 win over Detroit, Doug Miller, who spoke on his lacing up the boots vs the Waza Flo, the new players on the Lancers and the upcoming matches against Muskegon and Chicago this weekend.


    Dick Howard and Michael Lewis remembered the late England World Cup winning keeper, Gordon Banks, who passed away last week. Dick recalled how Gordon was a outstanding keeper and also a humble man who influenced many players after him. Michael talked about him playing in the NASL for Ft. Lauderdale against the Lancers at Holleder Stadium in 1977 and 1978. Dick and Michael also previewed the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 matches this week and Dick added his UEFA Champions league predictions and whether Zinedine Zidane will be the next coach of Chelsea.

  • February 11, 2019

    Our special guest was Rochester Lancers captain Jake Schindler, who talked about this weekend's road matches, the 6-5 loss to Cincinnati and the 3-2 win over Detroit where coach Doug Miller suited up and scored the first goal, and the upcoming road matches against Muskegon and Chicago next weekend.


    Dick Howard reviewed the weekend's important matches in Europe, discussed the transfer of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey to Juventus and previewed the Round of 16 matches in the UEFA Champions League this week and the 5th round FA Cup ties coming this weekend.


    Michael Lewis remembered US Soccer Hall of Famer and Indoor Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo, who passed away on February 8 from multiple myeloma at the age of 63. Visit www.frontrowsoccer.com for articles written by Michael about Fernando.

  • February 4, 2019

    Andrew and Joe talked about the Rochester Lancers split of their sold-out weekend matches at home, losing to defending champion Chicago 10-5 and beating Cincinnati 7-2, and this weekend's pair of road matches at Cincinnati on Saturday and at Detroit on Sunday.


    Dick Howard talked about Sebastian Giovinco leaving Toronto FC to play in Saudi Arabia, Qatar winning the Asian Cup, Liverpool's lead over Manchester City in the EPL shrinking to just 3 points and the Citizens having the chance to go top of the table this week with matches against Everton and Chelsea, Juventus only tying Parma 3-3 and Tuesday's FA Cup replays.


    Michael Lewis reviewed the US Men beating Costa Rica 2-0 and talked about upcoming March friendlies against Ecuador and Chile, the Seattle Reign moving to Tacoma and playing in a AAA baseball stadium and Miguel Almiron moving from Atlanta to Newcastle for $27MM and Atlanta obtaining Argentine international Pity Martinez.

  • January 28, 2019

    Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach Doug Miller, who talked about how this weekend's sold out home matches against Chicago and Cincinnati, the debuts of 2 outdoor Lancers indoors, the MASL2 playoff situation for the Lancers and the signing of Landon Donovan to the MASL.


    Dick Howard talked about Cardiff player Emiliano Sala losing his life in a plane crash, the FA Cup results and the violence before the Millwall/Everton Cup tie, the latest transfer rumors, including Sebastian Giovinco possibly going to Saudi Arabia and Pat Onstad being named Columbus Crew Technical Director.


    Michael Lewis reviewed the US Women beating Spain 1-0, the US Men winning 3-0 over Panama, Tim Howard retiring at the end of this season and Tyler Adams' debut for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

  • January 21, 2019

    Our special guest was the leading scorer of the Rochester Lancers, Boomer Steigelman, who talked about how he came to be on the team, playing arena soccer vs futsal, his coaching with the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals and the 2 upcoming matches for the Lancers next weekend at home.


    Dick Howard talked about Jozy Altidore potentially leaving Toronto FC, the results in the Asian Cup, the latest matches in the EPL, the current transfer market rumors and the FA Cup this weekend.


    Michael Lewis reviewed the US Women losing to France 3-1 and this Tuesday's friendly against Spain, the US Men facing Panama on Sunday and Austin being named the 27th MLS franchise.

  • January 14, 2019

    Our special guests were the owner of the Rochester Lancers "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo and veteran Lancer Jeremy Ortiz. Both spoke about the Lancers splitting the weekend matches at Muskegon and Detroit and the upcoming matches on February 1st and 2nd against Chicago and Cincinnati. Ortiz also talked about what he has been doing since his time with the previous MASL Lancers and how he brought 2 of the new Lancers players in from Philadelphia.


    Dick Howard talked about the latest matches in the EPL, the current transfer market rumors, the Asian Cup and the restart of Serie A and the Bundesliga.


    Michael Lewis gave his report on attending the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago where Michelle Akers and April Heinrichs were honored, the extension of Paul RIley's coaching contract with the NC Courage and Saturday's friendly with the US Women facing host France.

  • January 7, 2019

    Our special guest was the co-captain of the arena Rochester Lancers, Gary Boughton, who spoke on the opening 2 home wins this past weekend and this coming weekend's road matches against Muskegon and Detroit.


    Dick Howard talked about the upsets in the FA Cup over the weekend and why the Cup competitions do not have the glamour and interest they once did and also prognosticated about the potential targets in the January transfer window.


    Michael Lewis discussed the hiring of MLS Champion coach Tata Martino as the new manager of Mexico, Christian Pulisic moving to Chelsea and his attending the upcoming United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago where the NWSL and MLS drafts will take place.

  • December 27, 2018 - Year-end Special Show

    Our special guests were the head coach of the Rochester Lancers, Doug Miller, and team owner Sam Fantauzzo, who talked about the season opening weekend for the MASL2 arena Lancers on January 4th and 5th at their new home, the Dome Arena and how the team and the production side is getting ready for the big weekend.


    Dick Howard reviewed the big Serie A and Premiership matches this week and talked about the year in soccer internationally, specifically the Russia World Cup this summer.


    Michael Lewis talked about the passing of all-time winningest MLS coach Sigi Schmid, reviewed the MLS and NWSL 2018 seasons and talked about the big event in 2019, the Women's World Cup.

  • December 17, 2018

    We remembered a pioneer of amateur and pro soccer in Rochester, the late Felix Lapine, who passed away on December 12. Felix was an announcer for the NASL Rochester Lancers and owner of the ASL Rochester Flash and amateur soccer teams in Rochester. Our special guests who gave their memories of Felix were the Chairman of Board of the NASL Lancers, Charlie Schiano, and the 2 time NASL MVP and Felix's brother-in-law Carlos Metidieri.


    Dick Howard reviewed the UEFA Champions League knockout stage draw and the results in the FIFA Club World Cup so far. Michael Lewis was off, so Joe and Andrew discussed the signing of former US Men's National Team coach, Rochester Lancer and native of Brighton, Dave Sarachan, by North Carolina FC as their new head coach.

  • December 10, 2018

    We welcomed back host Joe Sirianni, who gave his musings on soccer and the upcoming Rochester Lancers MASL2 opener on January 4th.


    Dick Howard reviewed the Copa Libertadores final won by River Plate and the weekend's European League contests, plus Dick previewed the final group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League and the upcoming Club World Cup.


    Michael Lewis gave his onsite report on the MLS Cup Final won by host Atlanta over Portland 2-0, including the match report, atmosphere and what is next for Atlanta with their coach leaving.


    Both Michael and Dick gave their thoughts on the Women's World Cup draw focusing on the US and Canada's group stage and potential knockout stage matches.

  • December 3, 2018

    NOTE: Show was pre-taped on November 30


    Our special guest was the owner of the Rochester Lancers, "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who provided the latest updates on the arena MASL2 Lancers preparing for their opening match on January 4, 2019 at the Dome Arena.


    Dick Howard reviewed the UEFA Champions League results and the Women's U17 World Cup semi-final between Canada and Mexico (won by Mexico 1-0), plus gave a preview of the important league matches upcoming in Europe.


    Michael Lewis talked about the NY Red Bulls once again losing in the playoffs, this time to Atlanta 3-1 on aggregate and what is next for the team, the upcoming MLS Cup final between host Atlanta and upstart Portland (which Michael will be covering onsite - his 23rd straight MLS Cup) and David Villa leaving NYCFC for Japan.

  • November 26, 2018

    Our special guest was the head coach of the University of Rochester Men's Soccer team, Chris Apple, as the Yellowjackets compete in their first ever soccer final four this weekend. Coach Apple talked about the sectionals being moved to Rochester due to snow, finally beating perennial power Messiah to reach the last 4 and their opponents on Friday in the semi-finals, Tufts University.


    Dick Howard returned from St. Kitts where he saw the Canadian Men beat St. Kitts 1-0. Dick reported on the postponed Copa Libertadores final second leg between Boca Juniors and River Plate due to fan violence and the week's matches in the UEFA Champions League.


    Michael Lewis talked about the MLS Conference final between Atlanta and the NY Red Bulls won by Atlanta 3-0 and if the Red Bulls have a chance to erase the deficit on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena. We also discussed the US Men losing 1-0 to Italy in Rochester's Dave Sarachan's last match in charge of the US and the US U-20 Men winning the CONCACAF tournament 2-0 over Mexico and if Tab Ramos may be a candidate for US Senior Men's Coach

  • November 19, 2018

    Our special guests were:


    - Former MCC Men's Soccer Coach and a Rochester Lancers Wall of Famer Nelson Cupello. Nelson talked about leaving the position he has held for the last 28 season, what he will be doing for MCC now and his plans for the future. Nelson also gave an update on his son Tim, who coaches D1 UC-Riverside and made their first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament this past weekend.

    - Rochester Lancers General Manager Mark Mandell who review the Lancers 2 outdoor team losing in the 3rd round of the US Open Cup qualifying and the latest on the return of the indoor Lancers this January at the Dome Arena.


    Michael Lewis talked about the US Men's national team playing Italy on Tuesday and who should be the next coach of the side and gave a preview of the MLS Conference finals. With Dick Howard away, Andrew and Joe provided the international update with more on the US/Italy match and the final groups stage matches in the UEFA Nations League.

  • November 12, 2018

    Our special guests were:


    - Rochester Lancers men's outdoor coach Doug Miller who talked about the press conference on Tuesday for the returning indoor Lancers and the US Open Cup qualifying match for Lancers 2 this coming Sunday.

    - MCC Lady Tribunes (and Rochester Lady Lancers) coach Sal Galvano live from the NJCAA national tournament in Foley, Alabama. Sal previewed the Tribunes matches on Tuesday and Wednesday in group play and the players to watch for MCC.


    Dick Howard reviewed the big top of the table matches this past week in European leagues, the UEFA Champions League and the 1st leg of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Juniors and also previewed the important international fixtures coming this week.


    Michael Lewis (a new inductee into the Long Island Soccer Football Hall of Fame) gave his onsite report of the NY Red Bulls advancing to play Atlanta United in the MLS East Final and talked about the US Women's National Team winning their 500th match last week, the US Men playing England Thursday at Wembley, the US U17 Women starting play in the World Cup and the US U20 Men starting the second group stage in the CONCACAF tournament.

  • November 5, 2018

    Our special guest was the owner of the Rochester Lancers, “Soccer Sam” Fantauzzo, who talked about the return of the Lancers to the indoor MASL (2) starting in January, 2019 at the Dome Arena in Henrietta.


    Dick Howard talked about the important matches this past weekend in Europe, the critical round 4 matches in the UEFA Champions League and the classico between River Plate and Boca Juniors of Argentina for the Copa Libertadores championship.


    Michael Lewis reviewed the 1st leg of the MLS Conference semi-finals and the USL conference finals and discussed the matches taken place in the CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championships. Andrew and Joe also reviewed the local Rochester college teams that qualified for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s soccer tournaments.

  • October 29, 2018

    Our special guest was the Chairman of the Board of the original NASL Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano, who discussed his memories of the NASL 50th Anniversary Reunion and the opening of the new US Soccer Hall of Fame, plus shared a previously unknown story about Pele and what the NASL teams had to do when he came to town.


    Dick Howard returned and talked about the tragic death of Leicester City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the sacking of Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, Manchester City beating host Spurs and NFL-Lined Wembley 1-0 to go top of the premiership and Toronto FC winning their final match 4-1 over Atlanta to previent them from winning the Supporter’s Shield.


    Michael Lewis gave his preview of the MLS Playoffs, including the chances for the Supporter’s Shield winners, NY Red Bulls to finally win MLS Cup, the chances for NYCFC to advance, and also NY Red Bulls 2 upsetting USL top seed FC Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

  • October 22, 2018

    We discussed the NASL 50th Anniversary Reunion and the opening of the new US Soccer Hall of Fame with Michael Lewis from www.frontrowsoccer.com, who attended the events with show host Joe Sirianni and show founder Charlie Schiano, the owner of the NASL Rochester Lancers. Michael reported from Texas on the reunion, meeting with MLS commissioner Don Garber (a Hall of Fame inductee), the NASL legends match and seeing old friends from the NASL days. Michael also reported on the final matches of the CONCACAF Women's Championship (held in Frisco, TX) where the US, Canada and Jamaica qualified for France 2019 and also the final weekend of matches in MLS, including all of the playoff ramifications.


    Joe Sirianni also gave his initial thoughts on the NASL reunion and will talk more about the weekend on our next show, along with Charlie Schiano coming on as our special guest, plus the return of Dick Howard from his time in the UK.

    We also broke the news that the Rochester Lancers 2 will host the 3rd Qualifying Round match in the 2019 US Open Cup on Sunday, November 18 at 5 pm at Roberts Wesleyan College against World Class Premier Elite FC (Md.), with the winner going into next year's USOC main draw.

  • October 15, 2018

    Our special guest was Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who gave us the latest information on the indoor Rochester Lancers, the season ticket package for all 3 Lancers teams (indoor, outdoor and ladies), the rebranding of the Rochester River Dogz to Rochester Lancers 2 and the Lancers 2 US Open Cup match on Sunday at Roberts Wesleyan College at 3 pm.

    Michael Lewis reported live from Frisco, Texas, the site of the CONCACAF Women's Final 4, the US Soccer Hall of Fame Ceremony and the NASL 50th Anniversary reunion. Michael talked about the NASL reunion this weekend, US and Canada playing for the title, the historic 3rd place match between Panama and Jamaica which will see one of them make the Women's World Cup for the first time, the US Men facing Peru on Tuesday and the potential sale of the Columbus Crew to the owners of the Cleveland Browns that would keep the team in Columbus.

    With Dick Howard away, Andrew and Joe talked about the UEFA Nations League competition and matches this past weekend, the important European league contests this weekend, Usain Bolt making an immediate impact on the soccer pitch for the Central Coast Mariners of the Australian A-League and the matchups on the USL playoffs that start this weekend.

  • October 8, 2018

    Special guests:

    • One of the heads of the NASL 50th anniversary celebration and an archivist for the new US Soccer Hall of Fame Jim Trecker, who spoke about the many new and exciting exhibits at the new HOF that is opening in Frisco, Texas next weekend, the 5 inductees going into the HOF and the latest on the NASL 50th anniversary celebration also taking place in Frisco next weekend.
    • The founder of Chili Little Guy Soccer, the first youth soccer program in the US, and a member of the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame, Ed Merante, who spoke on how Little Guy soccer started in the late 60's, the addition of girls and children with special needs into the program, taking teams to Agropoli, Italy and hosting international youth tournaments in Chili and how the program grew over the years in Chili and around Monroe country to where over 30,000 kids play youth soccer today.

    Michael Lewis gave a live report on the CONCACAF Women's Championship, the huge success of the US Women so far in the tournament, the Men's National Team facing Columbia on Thursday and the tight race for the MLS Supporters Shield between the NY Red Bulls and Atlanta.


    With Dick Howard away, Andrew and Joe talked about the indoor Lancers coming back to play in 2019, the passing of original Lancer Luis Fernando and the retirement of former England and Chelsea captain John Terry from active competition.

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