Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Radio

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Welcome to the website for Soccer Is A Kick In The Grass, North America's longest running soccer radio show, now in its 23rd year on the air!  The show airs live Mondays at 6:30 pm ET on 92.1 FM and 1040 AM WYSL in the Rochester, NY area and via the Internet on our website and at www.wysl1040.com.

On each show, hosts Joe "Red Card" Sirianni, Andrew Battisti, Michael Lewis of bigapplesoccer.com and tropigol.com and "Mr. Zero" Dick Howard discuss the world of soccer, from the Rochester Rhinos and the Western New York Flash to MLS to the world's game and welcome both local and national guests to the airwaves.  Click the microphone to hear the live streaming of the show!

 Podcast of Latest Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Show Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/24/2016The podcast of the October 24th edition of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is now available for download.  Our special guest was:


  • NWSL MVP, Golden Boot winner and new US International Lynn Williams from the Western New York Flash.  Lynn talked about the last month of her life, inluding winning the NWSL title and the MVP award, scoring the tying goal in the NWSL Championship match and the winning PK, her playing for the US Women's National Team for the first time and scoring in just 49 seconds of play and how she is handling all of the accolades and fame she has garnered in such a short time.

Dick Howard talked about Chelsea's 4-0 win over Manchester United, the tightness of the top of the European tables, Juventus' controversial loss to Milan and the upcoming MLS knockout playoff matches for Toronto FC and Montreal.  Michael Lewis gave his MLS knockout match predictions and spoke about the growth of MLS in the last few years, now having average attendance of over 21,500 per match in 2016.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 Rhinos/Tampa Bay 1996 US Open Cup Memories Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for the 20th Anniversary of the Rhinos/Tampa Bay US Open Cup matchOn September 5, 2016, we had a special show remembering the 20th anniversary of the Rochester Rhinos 4-3 OT win in the US Open Cup over the MLS Supporters' Shield winners, the Tampa Bay Mutiny, which took place on September 7th, 1996 at Frontier Field in Rochester.  Joining us to give their thoughts on the match and that historic first Rhinos season were Hall of Fame players Doug Miller and Lenin Steenkamp and HOF Coach Pat Ercoli.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 Podcast of Our 20th Anniversary Show - June 9, 2014 Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 6/9/2014The podcast of our special June 9th edition of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is now available for download, where we celebrated our 20th anniversary on the air.  Our special guest host was the founder of the show, former NASL Rochester Lancers owner Charlie Schiano, and our very special guest on the show was the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer history, Rochester's Abby Wambach of the Western New York Flash.  We also welcomed back former co-hosts Wayne Fuller, Bruno Sniders and Joe Giuliano and reminisced with our correspondents Dick Howard and Michael Lewis.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 RIP "The Dean of Soccer" Alex Loj and Bruno Sniders Minimize


We are sad to say that the father of Rochester soccer journalism and one of the first dedicated soccer writers in the US, “the Dean of Soccer” Alex Loj passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014 after a long illness. Alex covered soccer for nearly 50 years in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper starting at age 16 and was the first reporter for the Rochester Lancers and to travel to cover the World Cup in 1970.  Also was on radio for over 20 years on “Kick This – The Soccer Sam Show” and “The Bob Matthews Show” and TV on "Talking Soccer".  Alex was was the director of public relations for the outdoor Rochester Lancers and the American Soccer League and was inducted into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame in 2013.

Alex came to the US in 1958 from Brazil and played soccer at Edison Tech High School (a 3-time All Scholastic selection) and for club sides Ukrainian-Americans, Kiev SC and Dnipro.  Alex was very active in the Rochester area Ukrainian community and Special Olympics. 

Click on Alex's picture to read an article written about him by Jeff DiVeronica, the current soccer writer for the D&C.

Bruno Sniders 


It is with a heavy heart that we report our friend and colleague, Bruno Sniders, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Bruno was the co-host and executive producer of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass in 2007 and 2008 and was a long time fixture in Rochester sports journalism going back to 1969, working at the Times-Union newspaper and continuing with the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper and WVOR radio. Bruno covered the Rochester Lancers for all of their 11 seasons in the NASL.

Bruno was inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2002 in the Media category and won the Rochester Press-Radio Club's Charlie Wagner Award for sports writing excellence in 1978.

Click Bruno's picture for an article on his passing in the D&C and click here to read a piece about Bruno written by his fellow sportswriter in Rochester, our own Michael Lewis on his Big Apple Soccer website. 

 Rochester's Nick Pugliese - Only American to play pro soccer in Afghanistan Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 1/27/2014

On Monday, January 27th on Soccer is a Kick in the Grass, we were happy to have with us live for the entire show in his first Rochester radio interview, the only American to play professional soccer in Afghanistan, Rochester native and McQuaid graduate Nick Pugliese. Nick recounted his experiences in that war-torn country, both from a soccer and a personal perspective. Click the soccer ball to hear his incredible story!

Nick's Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/FootballinKabul

Nick's blog: http://tumblr.footballinkabul.com/


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