December 28, 2020
We reviewed the year in US, Canadian and international soccer with regular correspondents Michael Lewis and Dick Howard, plus had the owner of the MASL Rochester Lancers, "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, on as our special guest o talk about the indoor Lancers 2020 season. Sam also broke the news that the Lancers have proposed to play their first 12 matches in the 2021 MASL season on the road to have a better chance for fans to attend home matches in the spring.
December 21, 2020
We paid tribute to the late Rochester Lancers forward Tommy Ord, who passed away on December 11 with our special guest, Tommy's teammate and lifelong friend George Gibbs, who spoke about Tommy's playing career, what he was like as a person and he saved George's career by bringing him to the Lancers in 1974. Michael Lewis, Joe Sirianni and Dick Howard also shared their memories of Tommy as well.
Michael spoke on the US Soccer players of the year, Weston McKinnie and Sam Mewis and LAFC facing Tigres of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League final on Tuesday.
Dick talked about Alphonso Davies being the 1st North American male player to be placed on the FIFA 1st 11, the changes at the top of the EPL, Lionel Messi equaling Pele's record for most goals with one club and the Boxing Day matches in the Premiership.
December 14, 2020
We paid tribute to soccer legends Paolo Rossi and Gerard Houllier on the show. Our special guest was Rossi's teammate briefly on the Buffalo Stallions, Lancers and Rhinos Wall of Famer Pat Ercoli, who talked about what Rossi meant to the Italians in North America and what he was like as a man off the pitch.
Dick Howard remembers his friend Gerard Houllier, previewed the UEFA Champions League Knockout Stage draw, talked about Montreal vs Olimpia in the CONCACAF Champions League and discussed the latest matches in Europe.
Michael Lewis remembered Paolo Rossi, recapped the MLS Cup final won by host Columbus and talked about the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League taking place this week in Orlando.
December 7, 2020
Our special guests tonight were the 2 men who represented the Rochester Lancers in the first ever MASL all-star match on December 5, veteran midfields Jeremy Ortiz and player/coach Doug Miller. Both talked about playing for the first time since March, coming together with the best in the league for the match and what is was like to be named to the first ever MASL all-star match.
Michael Lewis previewed the MLS Cup Final this Saturday between host Columbus and the West Champion and why he will not attend the Cup for the first time in 25 years, the USMNT facing El Salvador on Wednesday and the NWSL Utah Royals folding.
Dick Howard reviewed Forge FC of Hamilton's matches in the CONCACAF League, Alejandro Pozuelo of Toronto FC being named MLS MVP, Canada's road to the World Cup in 2022, the big matches in the EPL and Serie A and the last round of group stage contests in the UEFA Champions League.
November 30, 2020
We paid tribute to the late Diego Maradona with Andrew, Joe, Dick Howard, Michael Lewis and the former assistant coach of the 1986 World Champion Argentina National team, Rochester Lancers Wall of Famer Francisco Escos sharing their memories of Diego and what he meant to Argentina, Napoli and soccer.
Dick and Michael also discussed the MLS playoffs, Forge FC of Hamilton in the CONCACAF League quarterfinals and the latest results from the European Leagues.
November 23, 2020
The show focused on the MLS playoffs and the incredible matches in the first round. Michael Lewis gave his thoughts on the results and also joined Andrew and Joe in reminiscing about the 1977 NASL QF 1st leg match between the Rochester Lancers and Toronto Metros-Croatia that ended with a controversial and memorable shootout.
Dick Howard talked about Toronto FC facing Nashville in the MLS playoffs, the problems with Barcelona, Milan still leading Serie A, Liverpool setting a new record of 64 matches without a loss at home, matched in England now allowing fans and the week's contests in the UEFA Champions League.
Joe and Andrew also discussed Rochester Lancers player/coach Doug Miller being named to the MASL All-Star game roster and GK coach Marcelo Moreira becoming a US citizen last weekend.
November 16, 2020
Our special guest was the primary owner of the new pro outdoor soccer team in Rochester that will play in NISA in 2022, Dave Weaver, who spoke on how the team came together, the news that they will play in the downtown soccer stadium and what the process is to have the application accepted by the league.
Dick Howard remembered former Canadian World Cup Men's National Team coach Tony Waiters and former Liverpool and England keeper Ray Clemence, who both passed away recently, and discussed the upcoming Euro 2021 tournament and the 6 groups who will compete.
Michael Lewis reviewed the US Men's National Team beating Panama 6-2 and the young stars who made their mark in the match and also previewed the 1st round of the MLS playoffs starting this week.
November 9, 2020
We remembered former NASL Rochester Lancers defender Damir Sutevski on the show, a 4 time champion with Toronto Metros-Croatia and the indoor NY Arrows, who passed away last week at age 66. Andrew, Joe, Dick, Michael and our special guest, Lancers Wall of Fame coach Don Popovic, remembered Damir the player and the man who was a class act and a consummate professional.
Dick Howard talked about Canadian Premier champions Forge FC beating host Tauro FC of Panama 2-1 in the CONCACAF League, Toronto FC finishing as the #2 seed in the MLS playoffs, the crazy results and standings in the European leagues and the international matches taking place this week.
Michael Lewis discussed the very young (average 22 years old) US Men's National Team facing Wales in a friendly on Thursday and the MLS playoffs with surprising Nashville and Inter Miami making the postseason in their first year in the league.
November 2, 2020
Our special guest tonight was the Commissioner of the Canadian Premier League, David Clanachan, who spoke on the champions Forge FC facing Tauro FC of Panama in the CONCACAF League on Tuesday, the success of the 2020 Island Games season, the future of the CPL and if a pro women's league will start in Canada.
The show also celebrated the 60th birthday of Diego Maradona and broke news the Argentinian legend was hospitalized today. Joe and Andrew talked about Maradona's career and the eternal debate of who is the best of all time, Pele or Diego. Dick Howard and Michael Lewis recalled their encounters with Maradona at the 1986 World Cup.
Dick also discussed the passing of England World Champion "Nobby" Stiles, the upheaval in the front office of Barcelona, the latest matches in Europe, the upcoming UEFA Champions League matches and Toronto FC playing for the MLS Supporters Shield this weekend. Michael Lewis discussed the CONCACAF Champions League being played in a bubble in the US in December and the final week of matches in the MLS regular season.
October 26, 2020
Our special guest tonight was the newest member of the Rochester Lancers, goalkeeper Matt Perrella, who talked about his background in soccer, trying out for a number of teams overseas, the transition from outdoors to indoors and how he came to play for the Lancers.
The show also celebrated the 80th birthday of the immortal Pele with memories of his playing for Brazil, Santos and the Cosmos against the NASL Lancers in the 1970's. Michael Lewis, Joe Sirianni and Dick Howard all shared stories, including Dick talking about how he once faced Pele on a penalty kick!
Dick also discussed the latest matches in Europe, the upcoming UEFA Champions League matches and Canadian soccer news from Toronto FC and Forge FC of Hamilton. Michael Lewis discussed legendary play-by-play man Andres Cantor being named to the US Soccer Hall of Fame, the USMNT facing Wales on November 12 and the latest from MLS, including the Hudson River Derby coming up this Sunday.
October 19, 2020
We covered the breaking news that the longest running pro soccer franchise in the US, the Milwaukee Wave, will not play this season in the MASL. Special guests Greg Suttie from "Suttie on Soccer" and Rochester Lancers coach Doug Miller gave their reactions to the news and what this might mean for the upcoming 2021 MASL season.
Dick Howard and Andrew Battisti talked about the European league results and the upstart teams doing well so far while established teams are struggling, plus Dick gave his thoughts on the UEFA Champions League group stage and MLS not awarding the Supporters Shield this season and the impact to leaders Toronto FC.
Michael Lewis of Front Row Soccer also gave his opinion on the MLS Supporters Shield being put on hold this season, the potential playoff impact of the Colorado Rapids' last 7 matches being cancelled and the latest matches for the NY Red Bulls and NYCFC.
October 12, 2020
Our special guest was the owner of the Rochester Lancers, "Soccer" Sam Fantauzzo, who spoke on the upcoming MASL season as to when it might start, if there will be fans able to attend and how the schedule and travel will be arranged, plus the addition of Safe Suites at the Lancers' home matches.
Dick Howard, Andrew Battisti and Joe Sirianni discussed the rumors that the English Premiership may be overhauled with the EFL in an effort called "Project Big Picture" and what that would mean for the sport, plus the important matches this weekend in the European leagues and Toronto FC topping the table in MLS.
Michael Lewis discussed the firing of DC United Coach Ben Olsen and reports that former USWNT coach Jill Ellis may be a candidate for the job, the latest results from NYCFC and the NY Red Bulls, former Rochester Rhino John McCarthy winning 2 straight matches in goal for Inter Miami and the Portland Thorns winning the NWSL Community Shield.
October 5, 2020
Our special guest was the leading scorer for the 2018-2019 Rochester Lancers, Boomer Steigelman, who returns to the team for the new MASL season. Boomer talked about the injury that kept him sidelined last year, why he is coming back to the Lancers, his coaching career, and what we can expect for the new MASL season.
Dick Howard reviewed the last day of the transfer window, the incredible results from this past week in the Premiership, Juventus gaining a forfeit win over Napoli when Napoli refused to travel to Torino due to COVID and the group matchups in the UEFA Champions League.
Michael Lewis talked about the success of the young US Men's National Team players across Europe this past week, Inter Miami GK Luis Robles suffering a broken arm vs NYCFC and former Rhino John McCarthy likely becoming the starter in goal for Miami and NYCFC returning to play at home at Yankee Stadium starting Wednesday.
September 28, 2020
Our special guest was MASL 2nd team all-star Jake Schindler, who is returning to the Rochester Lancers this upcoming MASL season. Jake discussed why he decided to play for Rochester this season, what it is like to face your former teammates on the field in matches and the impact COVID-19 had on him and the MASL players losing their 2020 season.
Dick Howard reviewed the Liverpool 3-1 win over Arsenal on Monday, along with the wild Premiership matches this weekend, the unlikely top 2 in the Bundesliga, Luis Suarez starting off well with Atletico Madrid, CR7 saving Juventus against Roma and Toronto FC posting 2 big wins this past week.
Michael Lewis talked about a potential new coach being hired for the NY Red Bulls and the team posting a pair of 4-1 wins this past week, NYCFC losing key players to injury and Miami FC struggling in their initial season, plus CONCACAF delaying the semi-finals and finals of the Nations League to June.
September 21, 2020
Andrew Battisti and Joe Sirianni discussed the new "Safe Suites" that the Rochester Lancers will be deploying for MASL matches this season to help fans stay safe from COVID-19 and also the success that the Pittsburgh Riverhounds are having in the USL Championship with former Rochester Rhinos coach Bob Lilley and a number of former Rhinos players.
Dick Howard reviewed the Canadian Premier League Championship won by Forge FC, the results of Canadian MLS team matches, Zlatan Ibrahimović scoring twice to give Milan an opening day victory in Serie A, Juventus winning 3-0 helped by US International Weston McKinnie, the return of Gareth bale to Spurs, the results of the Premiership matches this weekend and the big matches this weekend between undefeated teams.
Michael Lewis talked about 17 year old US star Gio Renya scoring his first goal in the Bundesliga, the upcoming draw for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the move of US Women's internationals Alex Morgan, Christen Press and Tobin Heath to play in the English Women's Super League and the tough weekend for the NY MLS clubs.
September 14, 2020
50th Anniversary of the 1970 NASL Champion Rochester Lancers
This was a special 90 minute show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rochester Lancers winning the 1970 NASL Championship. Joining show host and Lancers' trainer, Joe Sirianni, and international correspondent and Lancers keeper, Dick Howard, was Lancers Chairman of the Board, Charlie Schiano, team captain, Charlie Mitchell and NASL MVP and leading scorer Carlos Metidieri.
Michael Lewis, author of the upcoming book, Alive and Kicking: The Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers, contributed some stories of the 1970 team and current Lancers indoor coach Doug Miller talked about the 21 players signed for the 2021 MASL season.
September 7, 2020 - Our Labor Day Show
Our Labor Day show featured Rochester Lancers Historian Andrew Battisti speaking with the man without whom there would be no professional soccer in the United States today, the Chairman of the Board of the original Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano, a gentleman who should be a part of the US Soccer Hall of Fame.
With the Lancers celebrating the 50th anniversary of their NASL title this month, We replayed Charlie discussing the true story of how the Lancers saved US professional soccer in 1970 by moving to the NASL, the 1970 season where the Lancers won the NASL Title and 1971 where the Lancers were the regular season NASL champs and played in the longest 2 matches in pro soccer history.
August 31, 2020 - Our Latest Show
Our special guest was the owner of the current indoor and outdoor Rochester Lancers, "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who spoke on the announcement of 21 player signings that will take place on September 13, the upcoming MASL season and the lancers honoring the past with replica jerseys for the 1970 NASL Champion Rochester Lancers, the 1981 Rochester Flash and the 1996 Rochester Rhinos.
Dick Howard gave his thoughts on Lionel Messi potentially leaving Barcelona for Manchester City, the FA Community Shield won by Arsenal, the UEFA Nations League matches this week, the UEFA Women's Champions League Final, Toronto FC extending their record unbeaten streak and the Canadian Premier League matches being shown in the US on FS2.
Michael Lewis talked about the return of the NWSL in September, the owner of RSL, the Utah Royals and Real Monarchs selling his teams due to controversial statements he made about his black players and staff, the MLS matches upcoming this week and Weston McKinnie being the 1st US player to join Juventus.
Andrew Battisti and Joe Sirianni discussed the news that the Rochester Rhinos are partnering with Empire United Youth Soccer as a first step to bringing back the pro team who have been dormant since 2017.
August 24, 2020
Our special guest was the Chairman of the Board of the NASL Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano, who shared his memories of the final season of the Lancers and the 40th anniversary of the Lancers final match on August 24, 1980, which was against the host NY Cosmos. Charlie also discussed the Lancers initial year in the NASL in 1970 and winning the championship that year.
Michael Lewis also remembered the final Lancers match on August 24, 1980, along with the US Soccer draw for World Cup 2022 qualifying, the movement of young US players in the transfer window and the Cosmos' Emmnauele Sembroni being suspended for the season after a vicious foul and red card over the weekend.
Dick Howard reviewed the UEFA Champions League final won by Bayern Munich over PSG and the success of Canadian international Alphonso Davies being the first man from Canada to win a Champions League medal (for Bayern), the Europa League final won by Sevilla over Inter Milan, Lionel Messi maybe leaving Barcelona for Man City, Toronto FC extending their record MLS unbeaten streak to 17 matches and Canada's draw for World Cup qualifying.
August 17, 2020
Our special guest was US and CONCACAF Soccer Hall of Famer, the former GM of the Cosmos, Chicago Sting and Toronto Blizzard, Clive Toye, who talked about how the Rochester Lancers joined the NASL in 1970 and won the title, how Pele became a member of the NY Cosmos and the difference between soccer in the NASL vs today.
Dick Howard reviewed the Europa League semifinal Monday with Inter beating Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 and the UEFA Champions league quarterfinals, provided commentary on Barcelona firing manager Quique Setien, previewed the Champions league last 3 and the first regular season matches for Toronto FC against Vancouver this week.
Michael Lewis discussed the resuming of the MLS regular season on Thursday with NYCFC taking on the NY Red Bulls, Tyler Adams scoring the winning goal for RB Leipzig in the Champions league and the first ever cancellation of the US Open Cup in over 100 years.
August 10, 2020
Our special guests were Rochester Lancers Wall of Famer and former MCC Men's Soccer Coach Nelson Cupello and his son, Tim Cupello, the head men's soccer coach at D1 UC-Riverside. The Cupellos talked about college soccer being postponed or cancelled this season due to COVID-19, what this means for the sport, the chance that soccer would become a 10 month sport in the NCAA and potential changes to the higher levels of substitution allowed in NCAA soccer.
Dick Howard reviewed the Europa League quarterfinal matches on Monday and the firing of Maurizio Sarri as Juventus coach and the hiring of former great player with no coaching experience, Andrea Pirlo, as the new head man in Turin. Dick also discussed the UEFA Champions League QF's, the status of the Canadian teams in MLS and the Canadian Premiership playing all matches on PEI.
Michael Lewis also talked about the restart of the MLS regular season next week as NYCFC travel to face the NY Red Bulls, plus what could happen with the Canadian teams, and also the likely signing of France World Cup Winner Blaise Matuidi by Inter Miami from Juventus.
August 3, 2020
Our special guest was MASL journalist and the purveyor of Suttie on Soccer, Greg Suttie, who spoke on the MASL player moves in the offseason, the potential start of the 2021 season, the new M3 3rd division indoor league and the history between the NASL Rochester Lancers and the San Diego Sockers, Greg's hometown team.
Dick Howard reviewed the FA Cup and Christian Pulisic's historic goal and subsequent injury, the end of the Serie A season, the promotion playoff matches in England and Italy and the Round of 16 matches in the UEFA Champions League this weekend.
Michael Lewis also talked about Christian Pulisic's goal and injury in the FA Cup, the semi=finals of the MLS is Back tournament and the start of the NISA Independent Cup with new team New Amsterdam FC coached by Eric Wynalda tying the NY Cosmos 1-1.
July 27, 2020
Our special guest was NASL Rochester Lancers legend Don Droege, who played 8 seasons in the NASL and was capped for the US Men's National Team. Don reminisced about his time with the Lancers and gave an update on the new soccer stadium for the St. Louis MLS team starting in 2023.
Dick Howard reviewed the end of the English Premiership, Juventus winning the Serie A title for the 9th straight time, the upcoming UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches, Toronto FC in the MLS is Back tournament and the updated CONCACAF World Cup qualifying format and what is means for Canada.
Michael Lewis also talked about CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and the ramifications for the US, the end of the NWSL Challenge Cup with Houston a surprise winner, Sam Mewis moving to Manchester City from North Carolina Courage, the new NWSL teams in Louisville and LA and Coach Frank DeBoer being fired by Atlanta United.
July 20, 2020
July 13, 2020
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach and the head of the Lancers Academy, Doug Miller, who spoke on the reopening of his Glacier Ridge Sports Park facility, the restart of the Academy, how he is keeping his players and coaches safe from COVID-19 at the Park and the indoor Lancers preparing their roster for the 2021 season.
Dick Howard remembered the late Jack Charlton, one of the members of the 1966 England World Cup winning squad and the coach of Ireland in the 1980's and 90's, reviewed the big European matches on Monday and the Toronto FC 2-2 draw with DC United and gave his thoughts on the UEFA Champions League final draw.
Michael Lewis discussed Nashville SC dropping out of the MLS is Back tournament, the initial matches for the 2 NY based teams, Monday night's MLS matches, the final group stage match in the NWSL Challenge Cup with the NC Courage facing Sky Blue and the career of the late Dutch National Team star from the 1970's Wim Suurbier, who played against the NASL Rochester Lancers for the LA Aztecs 3 times.
July 6, 2020
Dick Howard talked about Spurs beating Everton in Monday, the battle for the Champions league places in England, the German promotion/relegation playoff result, Juventus pulling away in Serie A and Toronto FC starting play in the MLS is Back tournament,
Michael Lewis broke the news that FC Dallas had dropped out of the MLS is Back tournament and the ramifications of that move, the initial matches in the MLS tournament this week, the US Soccer press conference about the cities bidding for the 2026 World Cup and the latest in the NWSL Challenge Cup Tournament.
June 29, 2020
Our special guest was the owner of the Rochester Lancers, "Soccer" Sam Fantauzzo, who spoke on the potential restart of the MASL season for the playoffs, the status of the outdoor men's and women's Lancers, the prep work for the 2021 indoor season and the end of his 25 year long soccer radio show, Kick This.
Dick Howard talked about Liverpool winning the league for the first time in 30 years, the FA Cup semi-final draw, Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga again, the battle for 1st in Serie A, the resigning of keeper Gianluigi Buffon by Juventus and the battle for first in La Liga between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis discussed the Coronavirus status in NYC, Christian Pulisic's recent excellent form and if he can help the US to the 2022 World Cup, the state of the MLS is Back Tournament starting next week in Orlando and the NWSL being the first league to restart in the US after COVID-19.
June 15, 2020 - 26th Anniversary Show!
Replayed on June 22, 2020
The show was back live and celebrated its 26th anniversary on the air! Our special guest live from Orlando was the Director of Communications for Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride, Jackie Maynard, who spoke on the preparations for the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando and the NWSL Tournament in Salt Lake City.
Dick Howard talked about the return of soccer in Germany, Italy, Spain and England and the final 8 in the UEFA Champions League being played in Lisbon over 12 days. Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis discussed the return of MLS, NYCFC having to train at the NY Red Bulls facility due to NY City still being shut down and how quickly the teams can prep for actual tournament matches in a short time.
June 1, 2020
NOTE: We replayed our March 30, 2020 show on June 8
This "Best of" Soccer is a Kick in the Grass show included past interviews with 4 members of the Rochester Lancers Outdoor Wall of Fame! Our guests were Lancers captain and former U.S. Soccer Men's International Jim Pollihan, former North American Soccer League all-star Eli Durante, Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer Branko Segota and the Lancers all-time leading scorer, the late Mike Stojanovic.
May 25, 2020
Our "Best of" Soccer is a Kick in the Grass show for Memorial Day featured the superstars of the World Champion U.S. Soccer Women's National Team! You will hear past interviews with FIFA Women's POTY Megan Rapinoe, former POTY's Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach and double FIFA Women's World Cup, Olympic and National Women's Soccer League champion Tobin Heath!
May 18, 2020
On this "Best Of" show, we completed a two-part series on the founding and early years of the Rochester Lancers, the oldest pro franchise in US Soccer, which started in 1967 and is still going strong in 2020. Lancers Historian Andrew Battisti had the honor of speaking at length with the man without whom there would be no professional soccer in the United States today, the Chairman of the Board of the original Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano, a gentleman who should be a part of the US Soccer Hall of Fame.
In Part Two, Charlie discussed the 1970 season where the Lancers won the NASL Title, 1971 where the Lancers were the regular season NASL champs and played in the longest 2 matches in pro soccer history and the Lancers competing in the 1972 CONCACAF Champions Cup in Guatemala.
May 11, 2020
On this "Best Of" show, we began a two-part series on the founding and early years of the Rochester Lancers, the oldest pro franchise in US Soccer, which started in 1967 and is still going strong in 2020. Lancers Historian Andrew Battisti had the honor of speaking at length with the man without whom there would be no professional soccer in the United States today, the Chairman of the Board of the original Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano, a gentleman who should be a part of the US Soccer Hall of Fame.
In Part One, Charlie discussed how the Lancers started, shared some amazing but true stories about the American Soccer League years from 1967-1969 and detailed the true story of how the Lancers saved US professional soccer in 1970 by moving to the NASL.
May 4, 2020
This is a "Best Of" Soccer is a Kick in the Grass from Memorial Day weekend in 2010. Joe Sirianni, Andrew Battisti, Michael Lewis and Dick Howard previewed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. We gave our thoughts on the 8 groups/32 teams and our predictions of who would make the knockout stage and eventually raise the trophy. Who did the best job in prognosticating the results? Listen and find out!
April 27, 2020
This is a "Best Of" Soccer is a Kick in the Grass from April 2, 2012 and August 1, 2011. We paid tribute to the late Giorgio Chinaglia on the day after his passing featuring a number of former Lancers sharing their memories of the Cosmos number nine. We welcomed the Chairman of the Board of the Lancers, Charlie Schiano, Lancers players Nelson Cupello, Pat Ercoli and Fred Grgurev and coach Don Popovic. As a special bonus, we started the show with the final interview we did with Giorgio from 2011 when the Cosmos returned to pro soccer in the new NASL.
April 20, 2020
This is a "Best Of" Soccer is a Kick in the Grass from April 30, 2014. Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti broadcasted live from the Italian American Community Center, who hosted the 2014 Western New York Flash kickoff dinner. The Flash, who are now the North Carolina Courage were in the middle of a run that would earn them 13 trophies in the last decade. We interviewed not one, but 2 FIFA Women’s Players of the Year, Carli Lloyd and Rochester’s Abby Wambach, plus a number of NWSL veterans and international stars.
April 13, 2020
This is a "Best Of" Soccer is a Kick in the Grass from October 19, 2015. Joe Sirianni and I broadcasted live from the Italian American Sport Club at the Rochester Rhinos Season Ticket Holder Party. It was a celebration of the Rhinos winning the 2015 USL regular season and playoff titles in record fashion, losing just 1 match of their 35 played that season.
We interviewed all of the Rhinos players and coaches in a whirlwind 60 minute show that capped off one of the greatest campaigns in US Soccer history.
April 6, 2020
Our special guest live from Las Vegas was the 1st inductee into the Rochester Rhinos Hall of Fame, Lenin Steenkamp, who talked about the Rhinos historic 4-3 US Open Cup win in 1996 over the top team in MLS, Tampa Bay, how the Coronavirus is impacting soccer in the US and with his children's team, Heat FC, and what it is like for the city of Las Vegas to be dark.
Dick Howard, Joe Sirianni and Michael Lewis all talked about the latest impacts of COVID-19 in their locations of Toronto, Miami and NY City and their home countries as well. Dick discussed the Canadian Soccer Federation's release of "Canada Soccer Nation Inside" on their website to help Canada's soccer players and fans with special historical and fun content about Canadian soccer, teams in Germany restarting practice and which countries are actually playing league soccer currently.
Michael gave his personal Top 10 list of favorite MLS moments as the league celebrated the 25th anniversary of its initial match on April 6.
March 30, 2020
Our special guest live from California was former Rochester Rhinos player and former coach of the US U-16 Boys National team, Shaun Tsakiris, who spoke on the impact COVID-19 is having on his players, how they players are training and improving their game during the pandemic and how the shutdown is impacting his club. You can read a recent 2-part interview with Shaun from Soccer Today here (part 1) and here (part 2).
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com, Dick Howard, Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti all talked about the latest impacts of COVID-19 in their locations of Toronto, Miami and NY City and their home countries as well. Dick discussed UEFA meeting this week to decide the fate of the Champions League, Europa League and the domestic leagues, how the large Brazilian stadiums are now serving as hospitals and the only domestic league in Europe still playing.
Michael also reported on former NE Revolution player Marshall Leonard now serving as a doctor in NY City treating COVID-19, the shutting down of the lower level US domestic leagues and the plans for MLS once the league resumes.
March 23, 2020
Our special guest live from Oklahoma was the captain of the 1970 NASL Champion Rochester Lancers, Charlie Mitchell, who talked about his memories of the 1970 team and how it was a family, how the team would fare against the later NASL teams and MLS sides of today and how the Coronavirus is impacting Oklahoma.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com, Dick Howard, Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti all talked about the latest impacts of COVID-19 in their locations of Toronto, Miami and NY City and their home countries as well. Dick discussed the Olympics, Euro 2020 and Copa America being postponed for a year and the soccer players around the globe who have been infected with the virus.
Michael also reported on William Wilson being named the new CEO of US Soccer and what that means for the sport and the "Lord of all Indoors", Steve Zungul, being named on the Veteran's ballot for the US Soccer Hall of Fame for the first time.
March 16, 2020
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach Doug Miller, who reflected on the Lancers indoor season that concluded early due to the Coronavirus, talked about the upcoming NPSL outdoor season and the status of Glacier Ridge Sports Park during the health crisis.
Dick Howard and Michael Lewis both discussed the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on world soccer and on their home cities of Toronto and New York. Dick also commented on UEFA's meeting on Tuesday where the fate of the domestic leagues, Champions league, Europa League and Euro 2020 will be decided, Liverpool being eliminated from the Champions League and Montreal losing to Olimpia 2-1 at home in the CONCACAF Champions League QF Leg 1.
Michael also discussed US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro resigning abruptly on Thursday, former US International and World Champion Cindy Parlow-Cone becoming the first female president of US Soccer and what Parlow-Cone has to do to right the ship at US Soccer.
March 9, 2020
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers captain and man of the match in the team’s 1st win of the season, 9-7 over Kansas City, Gary Boughton! Gary talked about his career that is ending after this season, his time playing for the Lancers, how important the win on Saturday was and what he will be doing in soccer moving forward.
Dick Howard and Michael Lewis broke the news about Italy cancelling all sporting events until April 3, including all Serie A matches, and the US pro sports teams not allowing reporters into the locker rooms for the foreseeable future. Dick and Michael also discussed the impact the virus is having on all soccer around the world, including UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League matches this week, the US and Canadian Women’s National teams playing in important pre-Olympic tournaments and the latest results from MLS and the European leagues.
March 2, 2020
The entire show was a tribute to former NASL Rochester Lancers star Ibraim Silva, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 65 in his native Portugal. Silva scored the most memorable goal in Lancers history in the 1977 NASL playoffs in Toronto when the Lancers played down 2 men for 70 minutes and won 1-0 after being out shot 34-1. Joining us to remember Ibraim was the Chairman of the Board of the NASL Lancers, Charlie Schiano, and his coach with the Lancers, Don Popovic. Dick Howard, Michael Lewis, Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti all recalled Ibraim Silva the player and the man during the show. RIP Ibraim
February 24, 2020
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers keeper Brian Wilkin who talked about the Lancers improved play in their 3 matches over the weekend, including the overtime loss to Baltimore, the emergency surgery he needed to remove chicken stuck in his esophagus recently and the important match at Baltimore on Saturday.
We previewed the next knockout stage matches in the UEFA Champions League and the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 with Dick Howard and Michael Lewis.
Dick also discussed Liverpool's come from behind win over West Ham in the EPL, the Coronavirus impacting matches in Italy and the start of MLS for the 3 Canadian teams this weekend.
Michael also talked about the start of the MLS season this weekend, specifically how Inter Miami and Nashville SC will to in their initial MLS outings, the Red Bulls opening against FC Cincinnati on Sunday and other notable changes to MLS for 2020.
February 17, 2020
We previewed the 1st knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and the CONCACAF Champions League with Dick Howard and Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com.
Dick also discussed the controversy in the Chelsea/Manchester United match on Monday, Lazio moving into second in Serie A, Liverpool continuing to win and the big matches in the EPL this weekend.
Michael talked about the start of the MLS season next weekend, Inter Miami signing Mexican International Rodolfo Pizzaro, FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans stepping away due to alleged racial slurs, NISA being recognized as an official D3 league in the US and the roster for the USWNT in the She Believes Cup being announced.
February 10, 2020
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers owner Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who spoke on the Lancers being 3rd in the MASL in attendance, the Lancers improved play in their 2 defeats this past weekend, the big match in Saturday at 1st place Florida and his article talking about what the Lancers Indoor Wall of Fame "20 in 20" inductees mean to him. Click here to read the article:
Dick Howard discussed Canada qualifying for the Women's Olympic soccer tournament, Ottawa joining the Canadian Premiership, the change at the top of Serie A, the close race in the Bundesliga, the big matches this weekend and Pele's health problems.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about the USWNT winning the Olympic qualifying tournament with a perfect record, a potential new home for NYCFC and Bradley Wright Phillips moving to LAFC from the Red Bulls.
February 3, 2020
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers forward Frankie Ciliberto, who talked about his father and sisters playing soccer in college and his dad bring a pro with the old Rochester Flash, how he lost a year of playing soccer in college due to injury, his job outside of the Lancers, scoring a goal of the year with a volleyed bicycle kick against St. Louis on Saturday and the upcoming matches against Baltimore and Utica this weekend.
Dick Howard was back and from the UK and discussed Christine Sinclair becoming the all-time scorer in international soccer, Liverpool leading the EPL by a record 22 points and playing their U23 team in the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury on Tuesday, the EPL taking a winter break for the first time this year and the critical matches in the Bundesliga this weekend between the top teams.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about the USWNT playing in Olympic qualifying this week, the USMNT beating Costa Rica 1-0, the lingering injury to Christian Pulisic and the release of 25th anniversary kits by MLS this week.
January 27, 2020
Our special guests were 2 members of the new Rochester Lancers Indoor Walk of Fame:
The trainer of the Rochester Lancers and formerly the Rochester Rhinos, Dave DiPasquale, who talked about how he started as a trainer, the relationship between the athletes and their trainer and what is really in "The Magic Spray".
The head coach of the Lancers and former indoor MVP, Doug Miller, who talked about being inducted into the Wall of Fame with his wife Kari, the choreographer of the Lancer Dancers, the Lancers matches over the weekend, losses to Milwaukee 15-4 and Kansas City 12-4 and the improvement the team is showing over these last few matches.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com (another Indoor Wall of Fame inductee) talked about his series in Front Row Soccer this week about the history of Lancers indoor soccer going back to 1971, the US Women's National Team in Olympic qualifying and the US Men facing Costa Rica on Sunday.
Joe and Andrew also paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and discussed his love for world soccer.
January 20, 2020
Our special guests were 2 members of the new Rochester Lancers Indoor Walk of Fame:
The President of Operations for the Lancers and Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria, Ashley Maria King Solomianko, who talked about her role with the franchise, her background in soccer (including her grandfather's history in Rochester soccer) and what she enjoys most about the Lancers matchday experience.
The PA Announcer for Rochester pro sports, Rocky Perrotta, who discussed how he became a PA announcer, his reaction to being named to the Wall of Fame and how he balances his day job at a large bank with his PA duties.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com (dual Indoor/Outdoor Wall of Fame inductee) talked about Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez coming to the LA Galaxy, Brian McBride being named GM of the US Men's National Team and the upcoming US Women's National Team Olympic qualifiers and the She Believes Cup.
January 6, 2020
NOTE: This show was replayed on January 13
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers play-by-play announcer and original Soccer is a Kick in the Grass co-host Joe Giuliano, who spoke on being one of the 20 initial inductees into the lancers Indoor Walk of Fame, his favorite memories of the indoor Lancers and his thoughts on the 2020 season.
Dick Howard reviewed Monday’s matches in Serie A and the weekend’s tFA Cup ties in England, plus gave a preview of the 4th round FA Cup matchups and the mig matches this coming weekend in England and Italy.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about Jill Ellis and Lincoln Phillips receiving the Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award, Crystal Dunn being named Front Row Soccer’s personality of the year, Laura Harvey named as new coach of the US U-20 Women, NYCFC’s new manager Ronny Deila and the USMNT moving the January training camp from Doha, Qatar to Florida.