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 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Podcasts - 2014
 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/29/14  December 29th, 2014

The show was a 2014 soccer year in review special including predictions for 2015. Our special guest was the soccer writer for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, Jeff DiVeronica, who discussed the Rochester Rhinos, Western New York Flash and Rochester Lancers. Dick Howard gave his thoughts on the year in international soccer and Michael Lewis spoke on the big events in US Soccer in 2014.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/22/14  December 22nd, 2014

Special Guests: The head coach of the Rochester Rhinos, Bob Lilley, and forward from the Rochester Lancers, Andrew Hoxie. Dick Howard updated us on the Gold Cup coming to Toronto in 2015 in the newly expanded BMO Field and the FIFA Club World Cup. Michael Lewis discussed the opening match in MLS for NYCFC against Orlando, the plan to bring Frank Lampard back to NYCFC for the start of the MLS season and the final matches for the US Women's National Team in the Brazil tournament.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/15/14  December 15th, 2014

Special Guests: The President of the Western New York Flash, Alex Sahlen, and returning defender for the Rochester Lancers, Stephen Basso. Dick Howard gave his thoughts on the UEFA Champions League Final Draw and the FIFA Club World Cup and Michael Lewis discussed the potential for the USL Pro to become a D2 League, the international retirement of DaMarcus Beasley and the US Women's National Team in Brazil.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/8/14  December 8th, 2014

Special Guest: The Associate Head Coach of the 2014 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy and a 2014 inductee into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame, Brighton's own Dave Sarachan. Dick Howard gave his thoughts on the Women's World Cup Draw and the final matches in the UEFA Champions League group stage and Michael Lewis (the only reporter to cover all 19 MLS Cup Finals in person) gave his report and views on the title match.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/1/14  December 1st, 2014

Special Guest: Rochester Lancers starting defender JP Reyes. Dick Howard gave his thoughts on the FIFA awards finalists, the EPL and the Women's World Cup draw and Michael Lewis reviewed the MLS Conference Championships and previewed MLS Cup 2014 between the LA Galaxy and the New England Revolution.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/24/14  November 24th, 2014

Special Guest: Rochester Lancers head coach Doug Miller. Dick Howard and Michael Lewis discussed the MLS Playoffs, the addition of Toronto FC Reserves to the USL Pro League in 2015, the European leagues and the UEFA Champions League.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/17/14  November 17th, 2014

Special Guest: Rochester Lancers defender and Irondequoit native Jake Schindler. Dick Howard and Michael Lewis were back on the show and we discussed the European Championship qualifiers, the upcoming friendlies on Tuesday and the MLS Playoffs this weekend.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/10/14  November 10th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos President and COO, Pat Ercoli, Rochester Lancers forward Gary Boughton and the 4th and final member of the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame Class of 2014, New York State Senator-Elect Rich Funke. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/03/14  November 3rd, 2014

Special Guest: The newest member of the Rochester Lancers, Alex Megson. We also discussed the potential of the 2022 World Cup being played in the winter and the record setting start of the season for Cristiano Ronaldo with Dick Howard and the MLS playoffs with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/27/14  October 27th, 2014

Special Guest: The head coach of the Rochester Lancers, Doug Miller. We also discussed the classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the controversial finish between Manchester United and Chelsea and the tragic murder of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa and talked about the upcoming MLS Playoffs and the CONCACAF Women’s championship win by the US led by Rochester Abby Wambach with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/20/14  October 20th, 2014

Special Guest: The newest member of the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame Class of 2014, Brighton native, former Lancer and Buffalo Stallion player and one of the most respected coaches in soccer, the assistant coach of the LA Galaxy, Dave Sarachan. We also discussed the upcoming classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona and the latest controversies in Italian soccer with Dick Howard and talked about Jürgen Klinsmann's comments about US Soccer and MLS plus the latest NY Red Bulls news with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/13/14  October 13th, 2014

We paid tribute to the father of Rochester soccer journalism and one of the first dedicated soccer writers in the US, “The Dean of Soccer” Alex Loj, who passed away on Saturday, October 11 after a long illness. Joe, Andrew, Dick Howard and Michael Lewis talked about Alex's contributions to soccer in Rochester and the community at large with our guests: fellow 2013 Lancers Wall of Famer and close friend of Alex, Don Lalka, the son of the late Lancers owner Pat Dinolfo, Judge Vincent Dinolfo, Alex's colleagues on radio and TV, Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo and Bob Turgut and the former owner of the NASL Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/6/14  October 6th, 2014

We paid our respects to our friend and colleague, Bruno Sniders, who passed away last week at age 78. We also announced that the late Peter Short, an original player in the NPSL (later the NASL) and a 2 time NASL All-Star with the Lancers, is the second inductee into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame Class of 2014. Joe, Andrew, Dick Howard and Michael Lewis remembered both Bruno and Peter with our special guests, 2013 Lancers Wall of Famer Don Lalka, who played many years with Peter Short, and the former owner of the NASL Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 9/29/14  September 29th, 2014

Special Guests: The first inductee into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame Class of 2014, former Lancers midfielder from 1971-75 and an original player in the NPSL (later the NASL), Eli Durante, and the President of the USL, Tim Holt, who discussed the past 2014 season and looked ahead to the big changes coming in 2015 for the league. Michael Lewis walked about the latest matches from MLS and the playoff picture and Joe and Andrew gave a quick international update on Serie A and the UEFA Champions League. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 9/22/14  September 22nd, 2014

Special Guest: The Chairman of the Board of the Major Arena Soccer League and the owner of the Baltimore Blast, Ed Hale. We also discussed the big matches in the EPL and Serie A from the past weekend with Dick Howard and talked about the new MLS NEXT branding and the latest news from MLS with Michael Lewis. Finally, we announced that the 2014 induction ceremonies for the Lancers Wall of Fame will be on Saturday, December 27th before the Lancers 1 pm match with Baltimore at the Blue Cross Arena. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 9/15/14  September 15th, 2014

Special Guests: US Women's National team defender Meghan Klingenberg of the Houston Dash, Rochester Lancers Board of Directors member Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo and the top goalkeeper in the USL Pro in 2014, Rhinos Rookie of the Year John McCarthy. We discussed the start of the UEF Champions League and the FIFA meetings on the World Cup 2014 with Dick Howard and the US Open Cup Final and CONCACAF Champions League matches with Michael Lewis. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 9/8/14 September 8th, 2014

Special Guests: The head coach of the Rochester Rhinos, Bob Lilley, and the assistant coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Brighton's Dave Sarachan. We discussed the Euro 2016 qualifiers and the Canada/Jamaica friendly with Dick Howard and the upcoming US Women's friendlies with Mexico and the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with Michael Lewis. 

 

September 1st, 2014

We replayed our 20th anniversary show from June 9.
 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 8/25/14  August 25th, 2014

Special Guests: The new President of Team Operations for the Rochester Lancers, Doug Miller, and Rochester Rhinos leading scorer JC Banks. We discussed the signing of Jermaine Jones by MLS, Tim Howard's upcoming book, the new American Soccer League and the Red Bulls in the CONCACAF Champions League with Michael Lewis and the latest European soccer news, including a preview of Serie A, with Dick Howard.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 8/18/14  August 18th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Lancers VP Rich Randall, Rochester Rhinos defender Onua Obasi and the former owner of the NASL Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano. Charlie and Michael Lewis reminisced about the famous NASL playoff match from August 16, 1977 where the Rochester Lancers defeated the host and defending champion Toronto Metros-Croatia 1-0 while playing most of the match with just 9 men. Dick Howard was on as well to discuss the start of the EPL season and to preview the start of La Liga.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 8/11/14  August 11th, 2014

Special Guest: Rochester Rhinos defender/midfielder Tony Walls. We discussed the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup and the start of the Barclay's Premiership with Dick Howard and the retirement announcement of Landon Donovan and the MLS All-Star game with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 8/4/14  August 4th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester soccer legend Doug Miller, who discussed his plans to potentially keep indoor soccer in Rochester for the upcoming MASL season, and Rochester Rhinos President and COO, Pat Ercoli. We also discussed the FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup, the firing of Nick DeSantis from Montreal, the MLS All-Star Game, the Guinness International Champions Cup and Frank Lampard playing for Manchester City with Dick Howard and Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 7/28/14  July 28th, 2014

Special Guests: The Man of the Match from the Rochester Rhinos win over previously undefeated Orlando City on 7/27, defender Patrick Slogic, and Western New York Flash defender Amy Barczuk. We also discussed the NY Red Bulls win over Arsenal, the Manchester City/Liverpool match at Yankee Stadium and Frank Lampard signing with NYC FC with Michael Lewis and the international friendlies in Toronto in the past week with Dick Howard.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 7/21/14  July 21st, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos defender Kyle Hoffer and Western New York Flash head coach Aaran Lines. We also discussed the international friendlies starting up this week in the US and Canada, the transfer market heating up and the problems with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk with Michael Lewis and Dick Howard. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 7/14/14 July 14th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos forward Colin Rolfe and Australian international Teigen Allen of the Western New York Flash. We also wrapped up our coverage of the World Cup with Michael Lewis in New York City and Dick Howard live from Rio de Janeiro.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 7/7/14  July 7th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley and Western New York Flash forward Jasmyne Spencer. We also discussed the World Cup semi-final and final matches with Michael Lewis and the future of the US Men's National Team.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 6/30/14 June 30th, 2014 - World Cup Discussion

We devoted the show to discussion the World Cup knockout stage matches held through the 30th and the US/Belgium match preview.  Michael Lewis was on the show live from Brazil as he covers the US National team and Dick Howard gave his thoughts as he prepares to travel to Brazil for the final 4 matches next week. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 6/23/14  June 23rd, 2014 - World Cup Discussion

We devoted the show to discussion the World Cup, including the 2-2 draw between the USA and Portugal. Michael Lewis was on the show live from Brazil as he covers the US National team and Dick Howard gave his thoughts as he prepares to travel to Brazil for the final 4 matches.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 6/16/14  June 16th, 2014 - Post US/Ghana Show

We discussed the big US 2-1 win with our special guests US Women's International Carli Lloyd of the Western New York Flash and the President and COO of the Rochester Rhinos, Pat Ercoli. Dick Howard also joined us to discuss the US/Ghana match and first set of matches in the World Cup.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 6/9/14  June 9th, 2014 - 20th Anniversary Show

The entire show was a celebration of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass' 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 also reminisced with our correspondents Dick Howard and Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 6/2/14  June 2nd, 2014

Special Guests: Australian International keeper Lydia Williams of the Western New York Flash and the top keeper in the USL Pro, John McCarthy of the Rochester Rhinos. Dick Howard discussed the preparations for the 2014 World Cup by the teams and the Brazilian federation, along with the ongoing FIFA scandal surrounding the 2022 World Cup being awarded to Qatar. Michael Lewis gave his onsite report from the USA/Turkey match, his thoughts on the USA’s preparations for the World Cup and talked about the initial player singings for New York City FC. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 5/26/14 May 26th, 2014

The entire show was dedicated to previewing the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Joe, Andrew and our 2 World Cup correspondents who will be in Brazil to cover the tournament, Dick Howard and Michael Lewis, discussed each country and group and gave our predictions as to who we each thought would win the title.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 5/19/14  May 19th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Lancers owner Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who announced the formation of the new Major Arena Soccer League in which the Lancers will play this season, Western New York Flash veteran McCall Zerboni and Rochester Rhinos forward Alex Dixon. We also discussed the final domestic league and cup matches of the season and previewed the UEFA Champions league final with Dick Howard and talked about new US Women's National team coach Jill Ellis and the US Men's National Team preparations for the World Cup with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 5/12/14  May 12th, 2014

Special Guests: Western New York Flash goalkeeper Kelsey Wys and Rochester Rhinos midfielder Lance Rozeboom. We also discussed the announcement of the 30 man roster for the US men's National team for the World Cup and the new TV deal for MLS and US Soccer with Michael lewis and the latest European soccer news with Dick Howard.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 5/5/14 May 5th, 2014

Special Guests: Western New York Flash and Australian International forward Sam Kerr and Rochester Rhinos rookie midfielder Minh Vu.  We also discussed the European leagues with Dick Howard and Thursday's US/Canada international women's friendly with Michael Lewis.

Special Podcast - Western New York Flash Kickoff Dinner 4/30/14 Special Podcast - Western NY Flash Kickoff Dinner

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Western New York Flash held their annual kickoff dinner at the Italian American Community Center in Rochester, NY. Soccer is a Kick in the Grass was there and we recorded an hour long podcast featuring interviews with Flash veterans Abby Wambach, McCall Zerboni, Carli Lloyd and Brittany Taylor, along with newcomers Jasmyne Spencer, Kristen Edmonds, Kelsey Wys and (in their first interviews in Rochester) Spanish internationals Sonia and Vicky.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 4/28/14  April 28th, 2014

Special Guests: Western New York Flash midfielder Courtney Wetzel and Rochester Rhinos defender Pat McMahon. We also discussed the European leagues and the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with Dick Howard and the anniversary of www.bigapplesoccer.com plus the US Open Cup with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 4/21/14  April 21st, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos president and COO, Pat Ercoli, and Western New York Flash midfielder Angela Salem. We also discussed the European leagues and the UEFA Champions League semi-finals with Dick Howard and the announcement of New York City FC playing their home matches at Yankee Stadium with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 4/14/14  April 14th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos keeper Luis Soffner and rookie left back of the Western New York Flash, Haley Palmer. We also discussed the European leagues, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League semi-final draw with Dick Howard and the start of the Cosmos season and the Red Bulls being winless with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 4/7/14  April 7th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos forward JC Banks and the newest member of the Western New York Flash, Kat Williamson. We also discussed the European leagues and the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with Dick Howard and the firing of US Women's National team coach Tom Sermanni, the US/Mexico men's friendly and the possible addition of Atlanta to MLS with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 3/31/14   March 31st, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos forward Matt Luzunaris and 4 members of the Western New York Flash, Carli Lloyd, Emma Kete, Lydia Williams and McCall Zerboni. We also discussed the European leagues and the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with Dick Howard and the upcoming US/Mexico men's friendly and US/China women's friendly with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 3/24/14  March 24th, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos COO, Pat Ercoli, and Western New York Flash head coach Aaran Lines. We also discussed the Real/Barca classico, Chelsea/Arsenal and Serie A with Dick Howard and the newest US International Julian Green and the latest news from New York City FC with Michael Lewis and Dick Howard. 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 3/17/14  March 17th, 2014

Special Guests: 2013 NWSL "Best XI" defender Brittany Taylor of the Western New York Flash, Rochester Rhinos assistant coach Scott Vallow and Rochester Lancers owner Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who gave us the latest on the state of pro indoor soccer for next season. We also discussed MLS, the UEFA Champions League and the European Leagues with Michael Lewis and Dick Howard.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 3/10/14  March 10th, 2014

Special Guest: The head coach of the Rochester Rhinos, Bob Lilley. We also discussed the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the US Men's and Women's National Teams and the start of the MLS season with Michael Lewis and Dick Howard.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 3/3/14  March 3rd, 2014

The entire show was dedicated to remembering and paying tribute to two members of the Rochester Lancers family who passed away over the weekend, original Lancer Omero Paris and the coach of the 1970 NASL Champion Lancers, Sal DeRosa.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 2/24/14  February 24th, 2014

Special Guest: Rochester Lancers owner Salvatore "Soccer Sam" Fantauzzo, who discussed the potential merger between the MISL and the Professional Arena Soccer League. We also talked about the upcoming UEFA Champions League matches and European league action with Dick Howard and the newest members of the US Soccer Hall of Fame and MLS taking ownership of Chivas USA with Michael Lewis.

 

 

 

February 17th, 2014

We replayed the January 27th show with Nick Pugliese.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 2/10/14 February 10th, 2014

Special Guest: Rochester Lancers captain Mauricio Salles. We discussed the latest news from Toronto FC, the English Premiership, Serie A and La Liga with Dick Howard and the US women's friendlies and news on a book about the NASL Rochester Lancers with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 2/3/14 February 3rd, 2014

Special Guests: Rochester Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley and Rochester Lancers head coach Josh Rife. We discussed the Chelsea win over Manchester City on Monday, along with the latest news from Spain and Italy, with Dick Howard and the US men's and women's friendlies last weekend with Michael Lewis.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 1/27/14 January 27th, 2014

Special Guest: The only American to play top flight 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. Dick Howard and Michael Lewis added to the interview with their questions and also provide the latest international and US Soccer news.

Here are links to Nick's blog and Twitter page:

Nick's blog: http://tumblr.footballinkabul.com/
Nick's Twitter:
http://twitter.com/FootballInKabul

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 1/20/14 January 20th, 2014

Special Guests: The 2nd round draft pick of the Western New York Flash, Cloee Coholan from BYU, and the 2012 MISL MVP, Doug Miller of the Rochester Lancers. Dick Howard discuss English, Spanish and Italian soccer, while Michael Lewis gave his thoughts on the MLS and NWSL drafts and the potential announcement of the new MLS franchise in Miami owned by David Beckham.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 1/13/14

January 13th, 2014  

Special Guests: The captain of the Western New York Flash, McCall Zerboni, and Rochester Lancers defender Stephen Basso. Michael Lewis and Dick Howard gave their thoughts on the signing of Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe by Toronto FC and the FIFA Awards Ceremony.

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 1/6/14 January 6th, 2014

We dedicated the entire show to paying our respects and tributes to the late Portuguese soccer legend Eusebio. Andrew, Joe, Dick and Michael remembered Eusebio with our special guests NASL Rochester Lancers owner Charlie Schiano and former Lancers coach Dragan "Don" Popovic.

   

   

 

 
 

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