April 6, 2020 - Our latest show
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.
December 30, 2019 - Year and Decade in Review
We reviewed 2019 and the 2010’s decade on our final show the year. Our special guest was Rochester Lancers owner, Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, who talked about the return of the Lancers in 2011, the playoffs for indoors and outdoors in 2019 and the current MASL1 season, including the 2 home matches this weekend against Florida and Harrisburg.
Dick Howard, Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com, and hosts Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti gave their top moments and memories of the year 2019 in soccer and what has changed in the last decade in the sports locally in the US and around the world.
December 23, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach Doug Miller, who announced that he will be the first head coach of the new Bryant and Stratton Men’s Soccer team, who will play at Glacier Ridge Sports Park in the Fall of 2020. Doug also talked about the upcoming matches against Harrisburg and Baltimore this weekend and how is motivating the team despite their winless record.
Dick Howard talked about Liverpool winning the Club World Cup and Monterrey coming in 3rd, the weekend’s matches in the Premiership and the Italian Super Cup won by Lazio over Juventus 3-1, more racist chants by fans in England and new Prime Minister Boris Johnson getting involved and the big Boxing Day and weekend matches in England.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about changes in the US Open Cup that are forcing some of the lower division teams out of the 2020 tournament, Christian Pulisic winning the US Soccer Male player of the Year, NYCFC playing 4 matches at Citi Field in 2020 and coaches and players potentially coming to the new Inter Miami team owned by David Beckham.
December 16, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers veteran Jeremy Ortiz, who spoke on the team’s 8-4 loss in Harrisburg on Saturday, the young players learning the indoor game, how they are staying positive despite losing the first 4 matches and the upcoming return home for matches on December 27 vs Harrisburg and the 28th vs Baltimore.
Dick Howard reviewed the draw for the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, the final 4 in the FIFA Club World Cup and the big matches this week in Europe.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about Julie Ertz winning the US Soccer Female player of the Year, Sergiño Dest and Brianna Pinto winning the US Soccer young male & female players of the year and he NY Red Bulls providing a new safe-standing supporters section at Red Bull Arena.
December 9, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers forward Anthony Rozzano, who spoke on the team’s 7-1 loss in Harrisburg on Saturday, the improvements the team has made over the first 3 matches, what the team needs to do to score more goals and the 3rd match in a row against Harrisburg this Saturday.
Dick Howard spoke on Russia potentially being banned from the 2022 World Cup due to the doping convictions announces Monday by WADA, the top European matches this past weekend, the final group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League and the start of the Club World Cup on Wednesday.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about Megan Rapinoe being named SI Sportsperson of the Year, the upcoming US Soccer players of the year announcement this week and the kickoff matches for MLS in 2020 that are starting February 29th and Charlotte potentially being the 30th MLS team.
December 2, 2019
Our special guest co-host was soccer player and pianist extraordinaire Dan "Knuckles" Sullivan and our special guest was Rochester Lancers legend George Gibbs, who talked about his new book, "Here, There and Back Again - Life as a Professional Soccer Player in the 70's", what caused him to write the book, playing against Pele and competing in indoor soccer in its early days.
Dick Howard reviewed the Ballon D'Or awards ceremony, the FA Cup 4th round draw, the Euro 2020 draw and the big matches upcoming this week in the Premiership.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about Luis Robles joining Inter Miami, who David Beckham may sign for his new club, Megan Rapinoe winning the female Ballon D'Or and the USMNT moving up to #22 in the FIFA rankings.
November 25, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach Doug Miller who spoke about having an extra week to prepare for their first league match, playing against Utica City this Friday in the opener with many former and current Lancers players on City and how he is motivating the team for the season.
Dick Howard reviewed the top European matches this past weekend, the hiring of Jose Mourinho at Spurs and the important UEFA Champions League group matches this week.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com gave his report on the US win over Cuba on Tuesday, Claudio Renya leaving NYCFC for Austin, the Red Bulls parting ways with Bradley Wright-Phillips and Luis Robles and the Cosmos playing in 3rd Division NISA next year.
November 18, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers owner "Soccer" Sam Fantauzzo, who broke the news that the Lancers opening weekend's matches against the Metrostars of Canada have been postponed due to issues with the arena. Sam also talked about the game-day staff for this season, the experience the fans can expect at Lancers matches and the NPSL winter meetings in Nashville.
Dick Howard reviewed the Euro 2020 qualifying matches this past weekend and the 4-1 win by the US Men over Canada on Friday. Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com gave his report on the US win over Canada, previewed the US Men facing Cuba on Tuesday, Sky Blue FC of the NWSL playing at Red Bull Arena next season and the US Beach Soccer team starting in the World Cup this Thursday.
November 11, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers veteran Gary Boughton who talked about being one of the experienced players on this young Lancers tear, the team's preparation for the MASL 1 opener against the MetroStars of Canada on November 22 and what he expects to see this season from the Lancers.
Dick Howard reviewed the MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle, talked about the US vs Canada Men's national team match in the CONCACAF Nations League, Christine Sinclair coming closer to breaking Abby Wambach's record for international goals and the important matches in the European leagues over the weekend.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com gave his onsite report of the MLS Cup Final and discussed the US Men's match against Canada on Friday and the US Women winning their final 2 matches of 2019.
November 4, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers forward Alex Harling who talked about the team's preparation for the MASL 1 opener against the MetroStars of Canada on November 22, moving from defender to forward this season and playing against some of his outdoor teammates when the Lancers host Utica City on November 29.
Dick Howard previewed the MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle, reviewed the Canadian Premiership Championship won by Forge FC and gave his thoughts on the fan incidents that plagued European soccer this past weekend.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com also previewed the MLS Cup Final, which he will cover for a record 24th straight time and talked about the US Women's National Team's first matches this week under new coach Vlatko Andonovski.
October 28, 2019
Michael Lewis from www.frontrowsoccer.com gave his onsite report on the press conference announcing Vlatko Andonovski as the new US Women's National Team coach and talked about the NWSL final won by the NC Courage, Sergino Dest committing to the US Men's National Team, Christian Pulisic scoring a hat trick for Chelsea against Burnley and Tab Ramos being named the new coach of the Houston Dynamo.
Dick Howard reviewed Toronto FC's upset win over Eastern Conference champion NYCFC and previewed the semi-final against defending champion Atlanta, the 1st leg of the Canadian Premiership final, Canada's first match in the Under 17 World Cup, Leicester's record 9-0 win at Southampton, Liverpool's 2-1 win over Spurs, Robert Lewandowski's record start in the Bundesliga and the Copa Libertadores semifinals won by River Plate and Flamengo.
October 21, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach Doug Miller, who talked about the latest news from the team as they prepare for their first match in MASL-1 on November 22, the players who have been signed so far and upcoming player announcements.
Dick Howard gave his thoughts on Canada's historic 2-0 win over the US Men in the CONCACAF Nations League, Toronto FC's 5-1 win over DC United in the MLS playoffs and their match Wednesday at NYCFC, the weekend's matches in Europe and this week's UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores matches.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about Sacramento joining MLS in 2022, the NY Red Bulls blowing a 3-1 lead to Philadelphia in the MLS playoffs, the upcoming El Trafico derby between LAFC and the LA Galaxy in the MLS quarterfinals and the NWSL final between the NC Courage and Chicago Red Stars.
October 14, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers indoor and outdoor forward Austin Gerber, who spoke on playing in MASL1 this season, competing against Utica City in the home opener, including his teammates from the outdoor Lancers and how the players are preparing to compete against the top indoor players in the US.
Dick Howard was live from BMO Field in Toronto and reported on Tuesday’s Canada/US Men’s National Team match in the CONCACAF Nations League, the MLS Round of 154 match on Friday between Toronto FC and DC United and the weekend’s European Championship qualifying matches.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com reviewed the US Men’s 7-0 win over Cuba in the Nations League and also previewed the Canada/US Match, the NWSL semi-finals and all of the MLS Round of 14 matches this weekend.
October 7, 2019
Our special guest was US and Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer Bob Lenarduzzi, who spoke about his days in the NASL with the Vancouver Whitecaps, playing against the original Rochester Lancers, the state of Canadian Soccer and how MLS compares to the NASL.
Dick Howard talked about US International Tim Howard's retirement and career, the weekend's matches in Serie A and the Premiership and Toronto FC having a home match against DC United in the MLS Playoffs on October 19.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about the results in the final weekend of the MLS regular season, the playoff match-ups and the US Men hosting Cuba on Friday in the CONCACAF Nations League.
September 30, 2019
Our special guest was the owner of the Rochester Lancers, "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who went over the MASL 1 schedule of the Lancers, including the opening match against the MetroStars of Canada on November 22 in St. Catherines and the home opener the 29th vs Utica City.
Dick Howard reviewed the weekend's matches in the Premiership and the Montreal's Canadian Championship win over Toronto FC, plus he previewed the UEFA Champions League Week 2, the Copa Libertadores semi-finals and matches upcoming in Europe and MLS this weekend.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about the final matches of 2019 for the Champion US Women's National Team and for head coach Jill Ellis, the weekend's matches in MLS and the final weekend of the MLS regular season that will decide the playoff teams and seedings.
September 23, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers coach Doug Miller, who talked about the move of the Lancers to MASL-1 and what that means for the pre-season tryouts and building the roster, plus the latest news on the newly rebuilt Glacier Ridge Sports Park.
Dick Howard gave his thoughts on the FIFA Awards ceremony, the Toronto/Montreal Canadian Championship series and the results from the UEFA Champions League, the Premiership and Serie A.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about Rochester’s Abby Wambach being inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame, USWNT coach Jill Ellis and star Megan Rapinoe winning FIFA awards and the playoff race in MLS for the NY Red Bulls and NYCFC.
September 16, 2019
Our special guest was the owner of the Rochester Lancers, Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who gave all of the details on the return of the Lancers to the top flight of arena soccer in the US, MASL1, this coming season.
Dick Howard was live from Victoria, BC and talked about the Canadian Premiership matches he saw with Pacific FC (based in Victoria) and previewed the start of the UEFA Champions League with thoughts on each group and the favorites to advance.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about the sale of the Chicago Fire and their return to Soldier Field, the hot streak of NYCFC continuing and the stellar play of the North Carolina Courage over the past 10 days.
September 9, 2019
Our special guest was the play-by-play voice of the LA Galaxy, Joe Tutino, who spoke on the "El Traffico" derby with LAFC, Rochester's Dave Sarachan (former Galaxy associate coach), the differences between MLS and the old NASL, David Beckham's influence in growing MLS around the world and his memories of the Lancers all-time leading scorer, Mike Stojanovic when he played for the San Diego Sockers.
Dick Howard was live from Victoria, BC and talked about the Canadian Premiership upcoming matches for Pacific FC (based in Victoria), Canada's 6-0 win over Cuba at BMO Field and the latest Euro 2020 qualifying matches.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about the resignation of the CEO of US Soccer, Dan Flynn, the US Men facing Uruguay on Tuesday, the critical NWSL match between host Portland and the NC Courage on Wednesday and NYCFC going top of the MLS Eastern Conference.
August 26, 2019 - Replayed on 9/2
Our special guests were Rochester Lady Lancers and Monroe Community College women’s coach Sal Galvano, who talked about the upcoming season for the Lady Tribunes and the new players on the squad, and Rochester Lancers legend Nelson Cupello, who reminisced about the 1977 NASL semi-final series between the Lancers and the Cosmos featuring Pele, Chinaglia and Beckenbauer in which Nelson played in the 2nd leg at Giants Stadium in front of over 73,000 fans.
Dick Howard reviewed the Toronto/Montreal MLS match won by the Reds 2-1, the start of the Serie A, the latest matches in the English Premiership season and the strong showing by (Hamilton) Forge FC in the Canadian Premier League and the CONCACAF Champions League qualification.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about the 2 upcoming friendlies for the US Women’s National Team against Portugal and the US Men’s rivalry match with Mexico on September 6, the addition of St. Louis to MLS, the “El Traffico” LA derby between LAFC and the LA Galaxy that ended 3-3 and the US Open Cup final between Atlanta United and Minnesota United on Tuesday.
August 19, 2019 - We repeated our June 17 25th Anniversary show
August 12, 2019
Our special guest co-host was Rochester soccer and piano playing legend Dan "Knuckles" Sullivan. Our special guest was Rochester Lancers legend George Gibbs, who spoke on his upcoming book on his soccer career, living and playing soccer in Mexico and some of his memories of playing in the NASL for the Lancers and Toronto.
Dick Howard reviewed the start of the English Premiership season and the first leg of the Canadian Championships semi-finals, and also previewed the start of La Liga and the Bundesliga and the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea on Wednesday in Istanbul.
Michael Lewis of www.frontrowsoccer.com talked about Earnie Stewart being named the US Soccer Sporting Director and Kate Markgraf becoming the first GM of US Women's Soccer, the all-time record attendance being set in the NWSL for the match between host Portland and the NC Courage, the Courage hosting the International Champions Cup this weekend, Orange County SC of the USL Championship signing of 14 year old Francis Jacobs, the youngest male pro in US history, Mike Petke being fired by Real Salt Lake, Atlanta's Josef Martinez scoring in his record 10th straight MLS match and Atlanta hosting Club America in the Copa Campeones.
August 5, 2019
Our special guest co-host was Rochester soccer and piano playing legend Dan "Knuckles" Sullivan. Our scheduled guest, Rochester Lancers legend George Gibbs, will be on next week's show.
Dick Howard previewed the start of the English Premiership season, including discussing the new teams in the league, the top contenders and the rule changes, most notably VAR, plus Dick gave predictions on the semi-finals of the Canadian Championships starting this week.
Michael Lewis reviewed the NPSL final between the host NY Cosmos and Miami FC, won by Miami 3-1, the resignation of USWNT coach Jill Ellis and who might replace her, the latest results from MLS and previewed the US Open Cup semi-finals taking place this week.
July 29, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers player/coach Doug Miller who gave his final thoughts on the team's outdoor season, talked about the upcoming indoor MASL2 season and gave an update on the rebuilding of the Glacier Ridge Sports Park.
Dick Howard reviewed the quarterfinals of the Canadian Championships and the wins by Toronto FC and Montreal over the weekend and also previewed the start of the Scottish Premiership and the lower divisions of English pro soccer.
Michael Lewis previewed the NPSL final between the host NY Cosmos and Miami FC, talked about the state of disarray within Division 3 soccer in the US, gave his predictions on the MLS All-Star game this Wednesday with MLS' best facing Atletico Madrid and this weekend's big matches in MLS and also discussed the World Champion US Women facing Ireland at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
July 22, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers forward Austin Gerber who talked about the Lancers run in the NPSL playoffs beating Ann Arbor over a 48 hour period and losing 6-4 to Cleveland SC in extra time, plus his plans for coming back from his shoulder injury and playing indoors for the Lancers in January.
Dick Howard reviewed the final of the African Cup of Nations won by Algeria, the latest friendlies being played in the US, the hot rumors in the transfer market including Gareth Bale possibly playing in China for 1MM pounds/week and the second leg of the Canadian Championships taking place this week.
Michael Lewis reviewed the Cosmos making the NPSL Final 4, NY Red Bulls splitting their MLS matches this week, NYCFC winning on the road against Colorado and the upcoming international friendlies in the New York City area this week.
Our special guest was the GM of the Rochester Lancers, Mark Mandell, who spoke about the team's incredible 4-4 draw with Erie on Saturday and Tuesday's NPSL playoff match against AFC Ann Arbor
Dick Howard talked about the African Cup of Nations, the latest big money transfers in Europe, Peter Crouch retiring, Toronto FC beating Montreal Saturday and facing NY Red Bulls and Houston at home this weekend and the latest results in the Canadian Championships.
Joe and Andrew discussed the hot topic of "equal pay" for the US Women's Soccer team and the US Men being the de facto away team when facing Mexico in the US. The two teams will meet at Met Life Stadium on September 6th in a friendly.
July 8, 2019
Our special guests were Rochester Lancers forward Michael Cunningham, who spoke on the team clinching a playoff berth with 4 points on the road this weekend and the upcoming match against Erie where a win could give the team a home match in the postseason, and Lady Lancers head coach Sal Galvano, who wrapped up the 2019 season talking about the team splitting their road matches this weekend, what he will take away from this season, the future of the team and the UWS and Taylor Wingerden finishing in the top 3 in scoring, goals and assists in the UWS.
Live from Paris, Michael Lewis wrapped up his coverage of the Women's World Cup with a review of the tournament, the highlights and surprise teams and who was the best player in the competition and also previewed the Hudson River derby taking place at Red Bull Arena Saturday.
Dick Howard talked about the Women’s World Cup, the Copa America won by Brazil, the surprise results in the African Cup of Nations, Gigi Buffon returning to Juventus, Frank Lampard being named coach of Chelsea and the start of the Canadian Championships with the new team in the Canadian Premier League competing for the first time.
July 1, 2019
Our special guest was the owner of the Rochester Lancers, Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who spoke on the final home matches for the Men and Lady Lancers, raising over $2600 for Camp Good Days and Special Times and what the future holds for the Lancers.
Michael Lewis was on live from Lyon, France and spoke on the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup, including the gamesmanship between the US and England and the surprise semi-final between Holland and the US, plus the US Men reaching the semi-finals of the Gold Cup and long time referee Gino D'Ippolito being inducted into the NIOSA Hall of Fame on August 3.
Dick Howard talked about US International and Toronto FC star Jozy Altidore possibly being transferred to a Chinese team for $10MM, Women's World Cup, Canada's Men losing to Haiti in the Gold Cup quarterfinals and the success of the Caribbean teams in the tournament, the lack of goals and excitement in the Copa America and the play so far in the African Cup of Nations. reviewed Canada's 1-0 loss to Sweden in the World Cup and the Men's team making the knockout stage of the Gold Cup.
June 24, 2019
Our special guests were Rochester Lancers' head coach Doug Miller, who spoke on the team's 1-0 over Syracuse to put them in 1st place in the #NPSL Midwest Conference and the match on Sunday against Erie, Lady Lancers POTM from Sunday's 7-1 win over Worcester, Dori Rizzo, who talked about Sunday's match against New England and playing at Mercy HS where Abby Wambach played, and Lancers founder and Wall of Famer Rudy Lepore, who spoke on some key moments in Lancers history.
Michael Lewis was on live from Reims, France and spoke on the US Women's 2-1 win over Spain in the World Cup, the Quarterfinal match against France on Friday and the Men winning twice in the Gold Cup. Dick Howard reviewed Canada's 1-0 loss to Sweden in the World Cup and the Men's team making the knockout stage of the Gold Cup.
June 17, 2019 - 25th Anniversary Show
We celebrated our record 25th anniversary on the air with special guests 2019 US Soccer Hall of Famer Abby Wambach, former US National Team coach Dave Sarachan of North Carolina FC, Rochester Lancers and Rochester Rhinos Hall of Famer Pat Ercoli, current Lancers owner "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, award winning journalist Jeff DiVeronica and show sponsors Tony D'Aiuto and Bernie Iacovangelo.
Our guest host was the visionary who founded this show in 1994 and saved pro soccer in the US in 1970 by moving the Rochester Lancers and Washington Darts into the NASL, the former Chairman of the Board of the original Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano.
June 10, 2019
Our special guests were Rochester Lancers defender Wyatt Scott, who spoke on the team’s 1-0 win and clean sheet vs Pittsburgh on Sunday, and Lady Lancers midfielder Elysia Masters, who talked about the team’s 2-2 draw with Connecticut and the “golazo” she scored at the end of the 1st half.
Michael Lewis from Front Row Soccer spoke to us live from Reims, France where he is covering the Women’s World Cup and gave his thoughts on the US facing Thailand on Tuesday, the tournament so far and the US Men’s losing twice in their preparation for the Gold Cup.
Dick Howard reviewed Canada’s 1-0 win over Cameroon in the World Cup and spoke about the Canadian Men opening the Gold Cup Saturday against Martinique.
June 3, 2019
We previewed the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with Andrew Battisti, Dick Howard and Michael Lewis (who will cover the tournament in person in France), including a preview of each group and pick as to who will advance and be crowned champion.
Dick also reviewed the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals and speculated who will be the next coach of Chelsea.
Joe Sirianni gave his thoughts on the Rochester Lancers and the lower than expected attendance for the matches so far this season at Aquinas High School.
May 20, 2019
NOTE: This show was repeated on May 27
Our special guest was the head coach of the Rochester Lady Lancers, Sal Galvano, who talked about the team's 1-1 draw with Syracuse and the unusual 3 hour and 10 minute length of the match, the new players on the team and the upcoming road trip playing 2 matches in 18 hours.
Dick Howard talked about Manchester City winning the domestic treble, Bayern Munich winning their 6th straight Bundesliga, the last weekend of Serie A, Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri leaving after 5 straight titles and the Canadian Women's National Team drawing 20K fans for a 3-0 win over Mexico in Toronto.
Michael Lewis reviewed the US Women beating New Zealand 5-0, the US Beach soccer team qualifying for the World Cup, the US U-20 Men starting the World Cup this week, Chris Wondolowski becoming the all-time leading scorer in MLS and famous German side FC St. Pauli visiting the Cosmos and FC Buffalo this week.
May 13, 2019
We announced the 2019 inductees into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame: original Lancer Nelson Bergamo, player/coach who starred for Juventus Adolfo Gori, Times-Union reporter and editor Gary Jacobson and 1977 keeper Jack Brand. Our special guest was Lancers coach Doug Miller who previewed the season opener against FC Buffalo on May 19.
Dick Howard reviewed the EPL final week and the UEFA Champions League semifinals and gave his memories of Jack Brand, his GK teammate with the Toronto Metros in 1974.
Michael Lewis talked about Gary Jacobson, reviewed the US Women's National Team beating South Africa 3-0 and the US U-17 Men qualifying for the World Cup.
May 6, 2019
NOTE: The April 29 broadcast was a "best of" show
The show was a tribute for the late Davie Thomson, a Scottish-born player who was a member of the 1970 NASL Champion Rochester Lancers and passed away on April 30. Our special guest was the captain of the 1970 Lancers, Davie's roommate with the Lancers and fellow Scotsman Charlie Mitchell who gave stories about Davie and his love of soccer and music.
Dick Howard was friends with Davie for over 50 years and shared his memories, including how Davie was youth teammates with Sir Alex Ferguson and whom Alex thought was one of the finest youth players Scotland ever had. Dick also talked about Man City beating Leicester City to get them closer to the EPL title and previewed the second legs of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League semi-finals.
Michael Lewis shared stories about Davie from his upcoming book on the Lancers and gave his thoughts on the US Women's National Team selections for the 2019 World Cup and the omission of McCall Zerboni from the squad.
April 22, 2019
Our special guests were Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who reported live from the Utica Aud as Utica City faced the 3 time MASL Champs Baltimore Blast in the East final, and MASL correspondent Greg Suttie from "Suttie on Soccer" who talked about the other MASL quarterfinal series and the upcoming semi-finals and final.
Michael Lewis reported on NYCFC gaining their 1st victory of the season over 1st place DC United, the Red Bulls losing to New England and potentially looking for a new coach and Sky Blue continuing to struggle being in the only team in the NWSL without a point.
With Joe sick and Dick Howard on vacation, Andrew gave the international report on Juventus winning their 8th straight Serie A title, Atalanta getting close to their first ever UEFA Champions League berth, Chelsea tying Burnley to move to 4th in the Premiership, the UEFA CL quarterfinals with Liverpool, Barcelona, Ajax and Spurs advancing and the Europa League semi-final matchups between Arsenal/Valencia and Chelsea/Frankfurt.
April 15, 2019
Our special guest was the producer of the upcoming documentary "The NASL Project", Rachel Viollet, the daughter of former NASL coach and Manchester United and Stoke City star Dennis Viollet. Rachel talked about how the project started, the content of the film and some favorite memories of the NASL and the importance of the Rochester Lancers in NASL history. For more information on the project, click here or search for "NASL Documentary" on Facebook.
Michael Lewis has a double sized US Soccer report with memories of the 40th anniversary of the NASL players strike and commentary of the NYCFC 3-3 draw with Minnesota and the Red Bulls 2-2 draw with Sporting KC.
April 8, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers MASL2 and NPSL coach Doug Miller, who reflected on the indoor season, gave us the latest on Glacier Ridge Sports Park and talked about the upcoming outdoor season, including the Lancers combine on Saturday the 13th.
Dick Howard talked about Chelsea’s 2-0 win over West Ham, Everton’s 1-0 result against Arsenal, the FA Cup semi-finals, Bayern’s big 5-0 win against Dortmund and Barca’s beating Atletico Madrid 2-0 and also previewed the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and the start of the new Canadian Premier League on April 27.
Michael Lewis reviewed the USWNT’s wins over Australia and Belgium and Monterrey easily winning 5-0 over Sporting KC in the CONCACAF Champions League, previewed the start of the NWSL season and gave his thoughts on Inter Milan suing MLS and Inter Miami over the “Inter” name and Chicago potentially rebranding as Chicago City FC.
April 1, 2019
Our special guests were Rochester Lancers owner “Soccer” Sam Fantauzzo and 3rd place match winning goal scorer Jeremy Ortiz, who talked about the MASL2 Final 4, this past Rochester Lancers indoor season and what is coming up for next year’s team.
Dick Howard talked about Toronto FC’s big 4-0 win over NYCFC, the big Bundesliga match this Saturday between Bayern/Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the battle for 1st and for 3rd-6th in the EPL, the other important matches in Europe this weekend and the US Men’s National Team facing Canada in the CONCACAF Nations League.
Michael Lewis previewed the US women facing Australia on Thursday with 13 former WNY Flash players across both teams, the North Carolina Courage hosting the International Women’s Champions Cup in August and the losses for both New York City MLS teams this past weekend.
We also paid tribute to the nephew of host Joe Sirianni, Michael Sirianni, a long time Rochester soccer player and coach, who passed way last week at age 60.
March 25, 2019 - Our Latest Broadcast
Our special guests were Rochester Lancers keeper and leading scorer Boomer Steigelman, who talked about the team's 4-3 OT win over host and defending MASL2 Champions Chicago last Thursday, the strategy used to get the victory and the team's preparation for the MASL2 semi-final match against Juarez and what the team needs to do to slow down the Crows 10 goals/match offense.
Dick Howard talked about the weekend's Euro 2020 qualifiers, including CR7's injury and England exploding for 10 goals in 2 matches, the debutantes in the 2019 African Cup of Nations, the full 16 team lineup for the 2019 Gold Cup and the Juventus Women (with former WNY Flash player Ashley Nick) drawing 39K for a league match over the weekend.
Michael Lewis discussed the US Men beating Ecuador 1-0 on Thursday and the match on Tuesday against Chile, the NY Red Bulls losing at home to Orlando and the upcoming MLS matches this weekend.
March 18, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers captain Gary Boughton, who talked about the preparations for the MASL2 Eastern Division playoff match on Thursday against defending champions and host Chicago, the current health of the team, Doug Miller playing on Thursday and what the Lancers need to do to win.
Dick Howard talked about Toronto FC beating New England Sunday in their home opener, the VAR controversy in the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, the latest European results and the upcoming national team matches this week.
Michael Lewis previewed the US Men facing Ecuador on Thursday, the MLS teams crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League, the NY Red Bulls winning 401 over San Jose and FC Cincinnati selling out their home opener and winning 3-0 over Portland.
March 11, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers keeper "The American Dream" Mark Sotile, who talked about the team winning against Detroit on Friday to make the MASL2 playoffs, being in goal for the Lancers win on Saturday against Muskegon and next Thursday's Eastern final at defending champions Chicago.
Michael Lewis gave his thoughts on the US Women's National Team filing a gender equality lawsuit against US Soccer, the inspirational halftime talk by McCall Zerboni in the US/Brazil match last Tuesday and the passing of NASL Toronto Metros and Seattle Sounders GM Jack Daley.
Dick Howard talked about Real Madrid re-signing Zinedine Zidane as their manager, Real crashing out of the UEFA Champions League with PSG, Roma and Dortmund, the 2nd leg UCL Round of 16 matches this week and Toronto FC opening their home schedule Sunday night against New England.
March 4, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers owner "Soccer" Sam Fantauzzo, who talked about the big match at home on Friday against Detroit where the winner will make the playoffs, the potential East Conference final against Chicago on March 24 and the MASL2 Final 4 in Ontario, CA.
Dick Howard talked about Toronto FC winning their 1st MLS match of 2019 at Philadelphia and the signing of Spaniard Álex Pozuelo as a new DP, Man City moving to 1st in the EPL, the thrilling top of the table Serie A match with Juventus beating host Napoli 2-1, Barcelona sweeping Real Madrid at home and the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matches this week.
Michael Lewis gave his thoughts on the US Women struggling with 2 draws in the She Believes Cup and Tuesday's last match against Brazil and the 1st leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals featuring 4 MLS teams.
February 25, 2019
Our special guest was Rochester Lancers striker Michael Cunningham, who spoke on the past weekend's matches, a 17-4 win over Muskegon and a tough 7-5 loss to the defending MASL2 champions Chicago this weekend, and the critical home match against Detroit on March 8, which could decide a playoff spot.
Dick Howard talked about Toronto FC losing their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 match to CAI of Panama and the return leg on Tuesday at BMO Field, the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg matches, the Carabao Cup final won on PK's nu Man City over Chelsea after a 0-0 draw, the big derby matches in England, Italy and Spain this week, including 2 meetings between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Michael Lewis previewed the She Believes Cup featuring the women's National Teams of the US, Japan, England and Brazil, the US Men's U-20 draw for the World Cup in Poland, the CONCACAF Champions League second leg matches for NY Red Bulls and Atlanta and the start of the MLS season this weekend.