December 29, 2022 - our year end show
December 12, 2022
December 5, 2022
Our special guest was the only man to win 2 NASL MVP awards, Rochester Lancers' Wall of Famer and proud Brazilian, Carlos Metidieri, who spoke on his receiving a ring for the 1970 NASL champion Lancers for his birthday over the weekend, Brazil's 4-1 win over South Korea in the World Cup, the US being eliminated and what it was like playing for the US National Team in the early 1970's.
We also focused on the FIFA World Cup with host Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti and our correspondents Dick Howard and Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), discussing the USA's loss to Holland in the round of 16, the favorites making the quarterfinals and the marquee matchups already in place for the Round of 8 and if the distractions related to Cristiano Ronaldo and his potential $200MM move to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia could hurt Portugal against Switzerland.
November 28, 2022
November 21, 2022
November 14, 2022
November 7, 2022
October 31, 2022
October 24, 2022
October 17, 2022
October 3, 2022
September 26, 2022
September 19, 2022
September 5, 2022
August 29, 2022
August 22, 2022
August 15, 2022
August 8, 2022
August 1, 2022
July 18, 2022
July 11, 2022
Our special guest was the player of the match in the Rochester Lady Lancers 7-0 win over Erie Sunday, Caroline Kopp (2 goals & 2 assists), who spoke on the Lancers historic season (7-1-2) winning a share of the UWS Penn-NY division title, how the team prepared for and executed the game plan to score enough goals to make the playoffs, her first time playing forward, how the team felt after the match and what we can expect next season from the Lancers.
Dick Howard and Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), spoke on the CONCACAF Women's Tournament, Canada and the USA qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup and what the sides must do to win the title and punch their ticket for the 2024 Olympics.
Dick also talked about the Women's Euro tournament taking place in England, the latest from the transfer window, including Paul Pogba returning to Juventus, Everton & Chelsea playing preseason matches in the US this weekend and a totally shocking play that put the Canadian Premiership on the world soccer stage. Michael gave the latest news on the Lances book, the return of Wayne Rooney to MLS as coach of DC United, the fight at the top of the MLS East with NYCFC and the Red Bulls taking points over the weekend and facing each other this Sunday.
Andrew reviewed the latest matches from the local Rochester teams, Flower City Union, RNY FC and ROC City Boom, who lost in the UPSL playoffs round of 32.
June 27, 2022 - Show repeated on July 4
The host of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass and former NASL Rochester Lancers trainer, Joe "Red Card" Sirianni, told the true story of how he became the first trainer in US Pro soccer history to be red carded in a match. The fixture was the Lancers against the host Chicago Sting back in 1977, 45 years before Philadelphia Union's Paul Rushing suffered the same fate in the June 26 match against NYCFC.
Dick Howard and Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), spoke on the current CONCACAF Men's U-20 tournament and the upcoming CONCACAF W championship that both will decide births in the World Cup and the Olympics. Dick also talked about the Canadian Championship semifinals and the upcoming Women's European Championships.
Michael reviewed the aforementioned Philadelphia/NYCFC match, LAFC beating the visiting NY Red Bulls, LAFC officially signing Giorgio Chiellini and Gareth Bale and the US Women beating Columbia Saturday.
Joe and Andrew reviewed RNY FC tying Columbus 0-0 and getting the PK bonus point, the Lady Lancers going unbeaten in their last 6 matches after a 2-0 win over FC Berlin and Roc City Boom making the final of the UPSL Western NY division against Syracuse FC.
June 20, 2022
Our special guests were Rochester Lady Lancers' coach Adam Schwartz, who spoke on the teams 4 match unbeaten streak, their 1-0 win over host Pittsburgh and the two important matches at FC Buffalo Friday and home to FC Berlin on Sunday, and RNY FC defender Ian Garrett, who talked about his soccer background, playing in Finland and Sweden, how the team has improved since the start of the season, standout GK Caique and his PK prowess and the big match against 1st place Columbus on Friday.
Dick Howard and Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), spoke on the 2026 World Cup host cities selection in the US and Canada.
Dick also talked about the U-20 CONCACAF Men's Tournament, the Canadian Championship semifinals, FC Monza being promoted to Serie A for the first time and the Premiership schedule for this coming season.
Michael previewed the US Open Cup quarterfinals, talked about Ryan Giggs stepping down as Wales manager, the US Women facing Columbia Saturday and NYCFC and NYRB being 1-2 in the MLS East.
Joe and Andrew reviewed Flower City Union's 2-2 draw with Albion San Diego and talked about Roc City Boom winning the UPSL Western NY Division for the 3rd straight year and their 1st playoff match Sunday.
June 13, 2022 - Our 28th Anniversary Show
June 6, 2022
May 23, 2022 - Show repeated on May 30
May 16, 2022
May 9, 2022
May 2, 2022
Our special guest was Flower City Union defender Jose Sierra who spoke on the team's first NISA win and clean sheet, 0-1 vs host Chattanooga on Saturday, his background in soccer growing up in Columbia and the matches this week against Cal United Wednesday in Batavia and at Syracuse on Sunday,
Dick Howard reviewed Everton's big win over Chelsea on Sunday to keep their hopes of staying in the Premiership alive and Toronto FC's 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati, plus Dick previewed the UEFA Champions League semi-final 2nd legs this week and the critical league matches upcoming on the weekend.
Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis gave more details on his June visit to Rochester to promote his book on the original Rochester Lancers, Alive and Kicking" available at rochesterlancersbook.com. talked about the CONCACAF Champions League 2nd leg with Seattle home to Pumas, the opening of Nashville SC's new soccer stadium and the Red Bulls remaining unbeaten on the road to start 2022.
Joe and Andrew reviewed the week's matches for Roc City Boom and the Rochester Lancers Academy and announced the opening match for the Rochester Lady Lancers on Sunday, May 15th at Aquinas.
April 25, 2022
Our special guest was our MASL indoor soccer correspondent Greg Suttie who spoke on the many exciting playoff matches and the upcoming Ron Newman Cup finals between Florida and San Diego.
Dick Howard reviewed the week's action in Serie A, the Bundesliga, La Liga and the EPL and previewed the UEFA Champions League semi-final this week and gave his weekly report on the Canadian Premiership.
Joe and Andrew reviewed the week's matches for the 4 Rochester teams, Flower City Union, RNY FC, Roc City Boom and the Rochester Lancers Academy.
April 4, 2022 - Show replayed on April 11
Our special guest was Flower City Union midfielder Suniel Veerakone who spoke his background in soccer and playing for Duke University, the team's 6-1 loss at Maryland Saturday, their 2nd round US Open Cup match Wednesday at Western Mass and Saturday's home match against the Michigan Stars.
Andrew, Dick Howard and Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis discussed the World Cup Draw and focused on Group B with the US and Group F with Canada. Dick also previewed the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg matches and the critical Manchester City/Liverpool contest on Sunday. Michael gave his thoughts on Hope Solo's recent arrest for drunk driving.
Andrew and Joe talked about RNY FC losing to New England Revolution 2 on Sunday and their first home match this Thursday in the US Open Cup against Lansdowne Bhoys from Yonkers, NY.
March 28, 2022
March 21, 2022
Our special guests were:
The head coach of RNY FC, Bruno Baltazar, who talked about his coming to coach in America from Europe, the style of play he expects to have for the club, the opening match on Friday at St. Louis City 2 and the MLS Next Pro rule change to have PK's after every tied match similar to the NHL tiebreaker.
The "Number 10" for Flower City Union, Giancarlo Canas Jarquin, who spoke on coming to play for the team from the West Coast, his background in soccer and what players he emulates from his favorite team, Barcelona and the preparation the team is doing for the opening match on Saturday against AC Syracuse.
Dick Howard and Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis previewed the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches featuring the US at Mexico and hosting Panama in Orlando and Canada traveling to Costa Rica and welcoming Jamaica to BMO Field in Toronto. Dick also previewed the UEFA and Oceania World Cup qualifying matches this week and Michael spoke about the book launch for his latest publication, "Alive and Kicking - The incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers", now available on Amazon and through www.rochesterlancersbook.com,.
March 14, 2022
Our special guest was Flower City Union owner Jimmy Paola who spoke on his growing up in Rochester and following the original Lancers, how the team and organization is preparing for their first match on March 26 and the plans for the game day experience for the fans attending at the downtown soccer stadium
Dick Howard spoke on the latest news regarding Chelsea FC, including the troubles off the field related to owner Roman Abramovich and who might be the new owners, the latest results from England and Italy, the upcoming UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches this week and the weekend’s FA Cup quarterfinals.
Andrew and Joe announced a live meet and greet for Flower City Union on March 24 at the Italian American Sport Club lunch and announced 3 new signings for RNY FC.
March 7, 2022
Our special guest was Flower City Union keeper Steven Ortiz, who spoke on his background in soccer, winning the Sueno MLS keeper competition at age 14, how he will be helping with PR to promote the team in the Rochester area and the preparations the team is making for their first match on March 26.
Andrew, Joe, Dick Howard and Michael Lewis discussed the shocking and tragic scenes in Mexico when a Liga MX match between descended into chaos due to violence in the stands that spilled onto the pitch in the second half.
Dick also talked about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich selling the team, the latest news on the Canadian MLS teams and the battle for first place in Serie A.
We also announced a trivia contest starting next Monday where 2 people each week can win a copy of Michael Lewis' book about the Rochester Lancers through the current Lancers website www.rlancers.com.
February 28, 2022
February 21, 2022
Our special guest was the Sporting Director of RNY FC, Dr. Lee Tucker, who spoke on his coming from England to lead a new US pro team, the arrival of coach Bruno Baltazar to Rochester and the list of players who will be suiting up for the team this season, which starts in a few weeks.
Dick Howard talked about the Canadian Women doing very well in the first ever Arnold Clark Cup in England, the Canadian teams facing 1-0 deficits in the CONCACAF Champions League, what to expect from the Canadian teams in MLS this season, the upcoming matches in the UEFA Champions League and the surprising results from Serie A and the Premiership.
Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis discussed his new Rochester Lancers book, Alive and Kicking: The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers, now available on Amazon (click here to buy the book), the US Women beating New Zealand in the She Believes Cup thanks to 3 own goals, the US based teams in the CONCACAF Champions League results and what to expect from the New York MLS teams and expansion Charlotte FC.
In addition, Joe and Andrew announced more player signings for Flower City Union that were made over the past week.
February 14, 2022
February 7, 2022
January 31, 2022
January 24, 2022
January 10, 2022