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 www.frontrowsoccer.com and "Mr. Zero" Dick Howard discuss the world of soccer, from the Rochester Rhinos 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 09/18/2017The podcast of the September 18th edition of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is now available for download. Our special guest was Rochester Rhinos defender and man of the match in Saturday's tie with Pittsburgh 1-1, Joe Farrell, who discussed the draw vs. the Riverhounds, the switch to a 3 center back defense this season and the two important road matches against Louisville on Wednesday and Richmond on Saturday.

Michael Lewis gave us a preview of Wednesday's US Open Cup Final between the NY Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City with former Rhinos keeper Tim Melia and talked about the latest MLS news, including the Atlanta/Orlando match that drew nearly 70,000 fans.  Dick Howard reviewed the start of the UEFA Champions League and the European League results and talked about the success of Toronto FC so far this season.

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 Rochester Lancers 50th Anniversary Celebration Minimize

The Rochester Lancers professional soccer club will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team's founding in 1967 on Saturday, Oct. 7 and fans have been invited to join this occasion.

A special dinner with many Lancer legends will be held that Saturday evening at the Italian American Sport Club (IASC), the birthplace of the Lancers.  The IASC is located at 1250 Buffalo Road in Rochester and the ceremonies kick off at 6 p.m. that evening.

Many players and personalities have worn the blue and gold through the years. They include Carlos Metidieri, Manfred Seissler, the Three Musketeers -- Francisco Escos, Frank Odoi and Eli Durante -- Charlie Mitchell, Roberto Lonardo, Dick Howard, Don Lalka, Pat Ercoli, Jack Brand, Nelson Cupello, Jim Pollihan, Don Droege, Craig Reynolds, Jim May, George Gibbs, Renato Cila, Frank Caricchio, Tito Laurini, Mauro Felipe, Frank Tata, Luis Fernando, among others.

The original Lancers made their debut in an international friendly against Concordia of Germany at old Aquinas Stadium on May 30, 1967 and played in the American Soccer League through the 1969 season. The team moved to the North American Soccer League in 1970, saving the league from extinction, and won the NASL title in their first season in the league. The Lancers became the first U.S. pro soccer team to compete in the CONCACAF Club Championship, finishing fourth in 1972. Rochester, then coached by Don Popovic, also reached the 1977 NASL playoff semifinals against the New York Cosmos and Pele filling up Holleder Stadium with a soccer record crowd of 20,005.

Many memories will be stirred and stories will be told. The public is invited to partake and meet their heroes of the past.

Tickets are $30 apiece or $200 for a table of 8 and can be purchased at:

  • Top Notch Monogramming, Northfield Common (50 State Street) in Pittsford
  • Donuts Delite, 1700 Culver Road at Empire Boulevard in Rochester
  • Salvatore’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at The Garage Door, 149 East Ridge Road in Rochester
  • Salvatore’s Pizzeria and Pub, 1217 Bay Road in Webster
  • Salvatore’s Pizzeria, 2496 West Ridge Road in Greece near Greece Ridge Mall
  • Salvatore’s Pizzeria, 4165 Buffalo Road in Ogden near Roberts Wesleyan College

For more information, contact Joe Sirianni at 585-414-5122 or Andrew Battisti at 585-451-6701 or visit the Facebook page for the Lancers Reunion at www.facebook.com/lancers50

 Entire Show with Rochester Rhinos owner Wendy Dworkin - July 31, 2017 Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 7/31/2017On July 31, 2017, we had as our special guest Rochester Rhinos owner Wendy Dworkin, who spoke on a number of subjects, including the business state of the team, the partnerships that the Rhinos have made in the business and charitable communities this season, the recent lack of coverage of the team in the media, how the team will attract fans in the fall months of this long season and the future of the franchise.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 Western New York Flash Farewell Show - January 30, 2017 Minimize


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast Western New York Flash Farewell ShowOn January 30, 2017, we had a special show saying our final farewells to the Western New York Flash, the most successful women's club soccer team in US history, who moved to Cary, North Carolina in early January. Past interviews with Marta, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and Lynn Williams were played with comments from Andrew Battisti.   Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 


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