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  • April 8, 2024 - our latest show

    Show replayed on April 15, 2024

    We had 2 special guests on the show:

    1. The owner of the Rochester Lancers, "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who spoke on the Lancers going unbeaten in the regular season and listing in the MASL2 title match to Iowa Demon Hawks 8-3, playing 3 matches in 3 days, which took its toll on the players and what he sees for next season, including a potential new venue for the team.
    2. The commissioner of MASL2, Chris Economides, who discussed the playoff weekend hosted by Wichita how he sees the league developing and potential changes for next season in the teams and playoff format. 

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the US/Japan match in the She Believes Cup and the record setting attendance of over 50,000.

     

    Joe and Andrew gave the international report with news on Serie A, the Premiership, the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League and Europa League quarterfinals.

  • April 1, 2024

    Our special guest was one of the keepers for the unbeaten Rochester Lancers, the East Division MASL2 champs, Alastair Farmer, who spoke about his playing for the Lancers after being a fan in the early years of the indoor team, being unbeaten this season, preparing to face Iowa Raptors in the first playoff match and what it will take for the Lancers to win 3 games in 48 hours to take home the MASL2 title.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the US Women's National Team facing Japan in the first game of the She Believes Cup this Saturday and some of the new faces on the squad, the quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Champions Cup and what the MLS teams have to do to advance and the results of the New York teams in MLS this weekend.

     

    Joe and Andrew reviewed the 2024 schedule for Flower City Union and Flower City 1872 and Andrew provided the latest international soccer news and scores.

  • March 25, 2024

    Our special guest was the player/coach for the unbeaten Rochester Lancers, the East Division MASL2 champs, Jake Schindler, who spoke on the team winning their final 2 matches to finish 12-0, the team effort it took to beat Utica twice, GK Jakeb Mitchell not giving up a goal in 83 minutes of play and the team traveling to Wichita for the MASL2 playoff having to win 3 matches in 3 days to take home title.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the US winning the CONCACAF Nations League 3-0 over Mexico and what that means for the team going forward, the draw for the Men's and Women's Olympic soccer teams, the funeral services for the former head man of the NPSL and current GM of Fiorentina in Serie A, Joe Barone, and the passing of amateur soccer hall of famer Howard Rubenstein.

     

    Joe and Andrew talked about the new signings for Flower City Union and 1872, the latest international friendly results and some new records set, plus the big club matches this coming weekend.

  • March 18, 2024

    Our special guest was the scorer of the GWG for the MASL2 Rochester Lancers against Baltimore on Saturday, Joe Balls, who spoke on scoring his 1st 2 ever goals for the team on Saturday, the upcoming pair of matches against Utica that will decide if the Lancers finish first overall in the league and his thoughts n how his college team he coaches, St. John Fisher University Men, will do this year after going unbeaten in the league last season.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the former head man of the NPSL and current owner of Fiorentina in Serie A, Joe Barone, fighting for his life after a heart attack this weekend and he previewed the US Men facing Jamaica in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Nations League on Wednesday.

     

    Joe and Andrew talked about the new signings for Flower City Union and latest international news and comments on the incredible FA Cup quarterfinals over the weekend, the results and draw for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League and the Italian National Team playing 2 friendlies in the US this week against Venezuela on Thursday in Miami and Ecuador at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Our special guest was returning Rochester Lancers legend Andrew Hoxie, who will play for the team in the MASL2 playoffs! Hoxie spoke on how he came to be signed by the Lancers, what he has been doing in semi-retirements and why he decided to come back and what his role with the team will be.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the US Women winning the CONCACAF W Gold Cup 1-0 over Brazil and the controversial semi-final shootout win over Canada played on a severely waterlogged pitch. Inter Miami not playing Lionel Messi and losing to Montreal 3-2, the NY Red Bulls remaining unbeaten and NYCFC still without a point this season.

     

    Joe and Andrew talked about the teams announced in the NPSL Great Lakes Conference that Flower City Union will be part of this season and the latest international news and comments on Lecce coach Roberto D'Aversa being fired after head butting a Hellas Verona player after the match, Christian Pulisic scoring the winning goal for Milan, Juventus' troubles, Liverpool and Manchester City tying leaving Arsenal at the top of the EPL and the Round of 16 matches in the UEFA Champions League.

  • March 4, 2024

    Our special guest was the assistant coach of the MASL2 East Division leading Rochester Lancers, Mark Mandell, who spoke on the 2 matches against Orlando this weekend where the team can clinch the division title, the current health of the players, how the team reacted when they were behind against Baltimore and his role and responsibilities as assistant coach.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about only having 8 MLS teams in the US Open Cup in 2024, the Real Salt Lake vs LAFC match played in a blizzard, the US Women reaching the semi-finals of the CONCACAF W Gold Cup, Inter Miami beating Orlando 5-0, the NY Red Bulls being undefeated and the Round of 16 in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

     

    Joe and Andrew talked about the 4 year suspension from soccer for Paul Pogba due to illegal doping, the latest matches in Serie A and the EPL and the 2nd leg of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.

  • February 26, 2024

    We welcomed back our host, Joe Sirianni, and had as our special guest the commissioner of MASL2, Chris Economides, who spoke on the state of the league, the top teams (Rochester Lancers, Iowa Demon Hawks and Wichita Wings, the upcoming 8 team playoffs in Wichita and the breaking news of 5 new franchises joining the league in 2025.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about Flower City Union joining the NPSL for 2024, the US Women winning their first 2 matches in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, the full kickoff of the MLS season and Lionel Messi dominating and the results from the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

     

    Joe and Andrew reviewed the Rochester Lancers remaining unbeaten in MASL2 with 2 wins over Baltimore, Flower City's move to the NPSL and the latest results from Italy and England.

  • February 19, 2024

    We had 2 special guests on the show:

    1. The captain of the MASL2 indoor Rochester Lancers, Alex Harling, who spoke on what the team has been doing during their 3 week break between matches, how his role as captain has changed this season and this weekend's pair of matches against Baltimore Arsenal.
    2. Flower City Union General Manager Casey Catlin who discuss the team's leaving NISA for a new league in 2024, what the fan experience will be like with the changing of leagues, how NISA reacted to the news and the status of the women's team, Flower City 1872.

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the start of the MLS season on Wednesday with Lionel Messi and Inter Miami facing Real Salt Lake, the lockout of the referees by MLS, the ongoing issues with MLS and the US Open Cup and the start of the first ever CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup this week,

     

    With Joe out ill, Andrew gave the international report with news on Serie A and Napoli firing their head coach today, Bayern Munich losing 3 matches in a row, the Round of 16 matches in the UEFA Champions League and the League Cup final on Sunday between Chelsea and Liverpool.

  • February 5, 2024 - NOTE: Show repeated on 2/12

    Our special guest from the Rochester Lancers and NISA champions Flower City Union was Ryan Curtis, who spoke on his joining the Lancers and transitioning from outdoor to indoor soccer, the pair of wins the Lancers had over Atletico Orlando this past weekend, playing alongside his college teammates from Roberts Wesleyan and what it felt like to win NISA after being on the initial season of Flower City where the team finished last.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the announcement of the World Cup match schedule and the location of the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the start of the CONCACAF Champions League and the passing of his Rochester newspaper colleague Ted Rosen.

     

    With Joe out ill, Andrew gave the international report with news on the big wins by Inter Milan and Arsenal over the weekend, the critical matches this coming weekend at the top of the Bundesliga and La Liga and the start of the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.

  • January 29, 2024

    Our special guest was Rochester Lancers co-leading goal scorer Taner Bay, who spoke on the team's come from behind 11-6 win over Utica, how this year's Lancers compares to last year's team, the first home matches of the season against Atletico Orlando this weekend and his current and future work in the medical field.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the tragic passing of Panama's all-time leading scorer Luis Tejada at age 41, the CONCACAF World Cup 1st round qualifying groups, the hiring of Fabian Otte as the new head of goalkeeping for US Men's soccer and the early pre-season matches for Inter Miami and the NY Red Bulls.

     

    With Joe out ill, Andrew gave the international report focusing on the 4th round FA Cup ties including 6th division Maidstone United shocking 2nd division Ipswich Town 2-1 and Man City winning at Spurs 1-0, Jurgen Klopp and Xavi leaving their coaching jobs at Liverpool and Barcelona after the season and the big matches upcoming this weekend in Europe.

  • January 22, 2024

    Our special guest from the Rochester Lancers and NISA champions Flower City Union, Ali Alomari, who spoke on his joining the Lancers, his man of the match performance in the team's 11-4 win over Utica, his background in soccer coming from Yemen and what he expects from Utica in this Sunday's match.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the early retirement of former WNY Flash and USWNT star Sam Mewis due to her ongoing knee problems and her future in broadcasting, The lineup for the USWNT in the SheBelieves Cup, the US Men's 1-0 loss to Slovenia, the upcoming announcement of the 2026 World Cup schedule on Feb 4 and how the US Men's National Team stars are doing in Europe.

     

    With Joe out ill, Andrew gave the international report focusing on the EPL and the FA Cups, Serie A, the Bundesliga and La Liga and the passing of all-time Italian national team goal scorer Luigi Riva.

  • January 15, 2024

    Our special guest was now retired Flower City Union assistant coach and Rochester Lancers Wall of Famer Nelson Cupello, who spoke on how he came to make the call to retire, what memories he has from his 50+ years in soccer and what will come next for him as he begins a new chapter in his life.

     

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), talked about the US Men's National Team facing Slovenia on Saturday, Naomi Girma, the NWSL defender of the year, winning US Soccer female player of the year, Alex Morgan being named to the 2023 FIFA best XI and the son of former Rochester Lancers and Yugoslavian international keeper Ratka Svilar, Mile Svilar, starting in goal for Roma against Milan in Serie A on Sunday.

     

    Joe and Andrew talked about the indoor Rochester Lancers winning their MASL2 opener 14-6 over Baltimore and their upcoming matches against Utica, the FIFA awards given out today and the latest from Serie A.

  • January 8, 2024

    NOTE: We replayed our 2023 year end show on January 1

    We had 2 special guests:

    1. Rochester Lancers indoor keeper Jakeb Mitchell, who talk about the opening match for the team at Baltimore on Saturday, the returning and new players on the squad and how he became a goalkeeper and member of the Lancers.
    2. Former WYSL sports host Joe LaPietra, who spoke on the Italian soccer and the defending champions Napoli.

    Front Row Soccer's Michael Lewis, the author of "Alive and Kicking, the Incredible but True Story of the Rochester Lancers" and "Still Alive and Kicking - The Story of the 21st Century Rochester Lancers" (go to rochesterlancersbook.com), with Joe and Andrew remembered the late Franz Beckenbauer, who passed away today at age 78. Michael also reviewed the latest news from the US Men's National Team and MLS.

     

    Joe and Andrew reported on the retirement of Flower City Union assistant coach Nelson Cupello, who we will have on the January 15th show, and a big announcement from Union this Thursday at 10 am ET.