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 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Podcasts - 2015
 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/28/2015

December 28th, 2015

The show was a review of 2015 in soccer with Dick Howard providing the international soccer content and a look back at the Boxing Monday BPL matches, while Michael Lewis gave his top stories of 2015 in US soccer. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/21/2015

December 21st, 2015

Special Guest: The GM of the Western New York Flash, Rich Randall, who discussed the player moves since the end of the season and what to expect from the team in 2016.  We had an extended international report with Dick Howard talking about the banning of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini by the FIFA Ethics Committee for eight years, the potential shock move of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to Manchester United, Arsenal's 2-1 win over Manchester City on Monday, the upcoming EPL matches over the holiday weekend and Barcelona's win in the Club World Cup.  Michael Lewis returned as well and talked about the retirement of Rochester's Abby Wambach from soccer. 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/14/2015

December 14th, 2015

Special Guest: The CEO of US Club Soccer, one of the drivers behind the formation of MLS and the former GM of DC United and Toronto FC, Kevin Payne.  We discussed the changes coming to youth soccer in 2016 based on directives from US Soccer, including the elimination of heading for children 10 and under and the modifications of the ball size, field size and number of players per team based on age. 

Dick Howard discussed the draws for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage and the Euro 2016 tournament, Chelsea's loss to Leicester City and the Club World Cup and Michael Lewis had a deserved night off after covering his 20th MLS Cup final last weekend! 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/07/2015

December 7th, 2015

We spent the show talking about the MLS Cup final with Michael Lewis of www.bigapplesoccer.com, who was honored by MLS as the only reporter to cover all 20 MLS Cup finals.  Joe and Andrew also discussed the US Women's National team cancelling their match scheduled for Sunday in Hawaii due to unsafe playing conditions and spoke with Dick Howard about the last matches in the UEFA Champions League group stage and the latest results from the EPL.  Joining Joe and Andrew on the show was the owner the company that is the new title sponsor of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass, Dr. David Olivo of Olivo Family Dentistry.  More information about Dr. Olivo's practice can be found at www.davidolivodmd.com.   Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/30/2015

November 30th, 2015

We spent the show talking about the MLS Conference Finals and the upcoming MLS Cup final between the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers with Michael Lewis of www.bigapplesoccer.com, the only report to cover all 20 MLS Cup finals.  We also discussed the FIFA Award finalist announcements and the European soccer weekend with Dick Howard. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/23/2015

November 23rd, 2015

Special Guest: One of the new members of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, the assistant coach of the Columbus Crew and Rochester Rhinos Hall of Famer Pat Onstad, who talked about being inducted, his days with the Rhinos and the good start of the Canadian National Team in World Cup qualifying.

Dick Howard talked about Leicester City topping the EPL, Barcelona dominating the classico over Real Madrid and the week's upcoming UEFA Champions League matches.  Michael Lewis reviewed the MLS Conference final first leg matches and the US Women's National Team schedule for Olympic qualifying in February. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/16/2015

November 16th, 2015

Special Guest: The Vice-President of the USL Champion Rochester Rhinos, Dave Cieslinski, who talked about the championship season, the plans for 2016 and the happenings at the USL operations meetings last week in Tulsa.

Andrew, Joe, Dick Howard and Michael Lewis discussed the terrorist attacks in Paris and their impact on soccer moving forward, along with commenting on the Euro 2016 playoffs, Saturday's Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches and the MLS playoffs. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/9/2015

November 9th, 2015

Special Guest: The 2015 Goalkeeper of the Year and USL 1st team all-league selection Brandon Miller of the Rhinos, who spoke on the championship season, his training with Sporting Kansas City and his plans for the offseason.

Dick Howard talked about the Euro 2016 qualifying playoffs and World Cup qualifying and Michael Lewis reviewed the MLS Playoffs, the hiring of Patrick Vieira as the new coach of NYCFC and the US Men's National Team beginning World Cup qualifying.  Also discussed during the show was US Soccer's new recommendation that children 10 and under be banned from heading the ball in matches and practice. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/2/2015

November 2nd, 2015

Special Guests:

  • The 2015 USL Coach of the year, Bob Lilley of the Rochester Rhinos, who spoke on the championship season and what is coming for the team and the league in 2016.
  • The high school soccer coach of Abby Wambach at Our Lady of Mercy in Rochester, Kathy Boughton, who talked about Abby's retirement, her legacy and what she may do in the next phase of her life

Dick Howard talked about the latest in the saga of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, the matches in the UEFA Champions Legue this week and the success of the Canadian MLS teams in the post-season so far.  Michael Lewis reported on breaking news of the firing of NYC FC coach Jason Kreis and his staff and the matches so far in the MLS Playoffs.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

October 26th, 2015

We replayed the October 19th show.
Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/19/2015

October 19th, 2015

We broadcasted live from the the birthplace of pro soccer in Rochester, the Italian American Sport Club, during the USL Champion Rochester Rhinos' season ticket holder party and celebration.  During the show, we interviewed 18 Rhinos players, the coaching staff and President and COO Pat Ercoli and talked about the team's record setting season (1 loss in 34 matches) and what's next for the players and the franchise. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/12/2015

October 12th, 2015

Special Guests: The Associate Head Coach of the MLS LA Galaxy, Brighton's Dave Sarachan, and the President and COO of the Rochester Rhinos, Pat Ercoli.  Both guests discussed and previewed the USL Championship match being played on Friday at Sahlen's Stadium as the Rhinos host LA Galaxy II at 7:30 pm.

Dick Howard talked about the Euro 2016 qualification matches and the teams already in the tournament and Michael Lewis reviewed the US/Mexico CONCACAF playoff and the fallout from the 3-2 US loss to Mexico, plus reviewed the Olympic qualification tournament.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/5/2015

October 5th, 2015

Special Guest: The top goalkeeper in the USL this season, Brandon Miller of the Rochester Rhinos.  Brandon discussed the playoff win over New York Red Bulls II and the Eastern Conference Final this Saturday against Louisville City FC.  

Dick Howard returned from vacation and talked about the firing of Brendan Rogers from Liverpool, the problems with Chelsea and Coach Jose Mourinho, the goal scoring streak of Robert Lewandowski, this week's Euro '16 qualifying and the playoff push for Toronto FC.  Michael Lewis gave his preview of Saturday’s winner take all playoff between the US Men's National Team and Mexico for the right to represent CONCACAF in the Confederations Cup in 2017. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!
 
Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 9/28/2015

September 28th, 2015

We broadcasted live from The Beer Market at 1401 Mt. Hope Avenue in College Town on the Rhinos Playoff Pub Tour! Our special guests were Rhinos players Jonny Mendoza & Alex Dixon and the VP of the Rhinos, Dave Cieslinski. The trio discussed the upcoming USL playoff match against New York Red Bulls II on Saturday at Sahlen's Stadium, this past regular season and the parity and improvement of play in the league.

Joe Sirianni and Andrew Battisti gave the international report and talked about the unexpected success of smaller clubs in Serie A, the fall of Manchester City from the top of the EPL, Lionel Messi's injury, the latest matches in MLS and the continuing problems at FIFA with President Sepp Blatter. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 9/21/2015

September 21st, 2015

Special Guests:

Michael Lewis discussed the hiring of Rochester (Webster) native Brian Bliss as the new head coach of the Chicago Fire, the NY Red Bulls clinching an MLS playoff berth and the USL EAst quarterfinal between the Red Bulls II and Pittsburgh Riverhounds this coming Saturday at Red Bull Arena. Joe and Andrew gave the international report and talked about Juventus handing Manchester City their 1st loss and Chelsea's win over Arsenal on Saturday. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 9/14/2015

September 14th, 2015

Special Guests:

  • The head coach of the 2015 USL regular season champion Rochester Rhinos, Bob Lilley, who talked about the postponed Rhinos/Toronto match on Saturday, Wednesday's match on the road against Pittsburgh and discussed with Joe the pressure on Juventus' manager Massimilano Allegri because of the team's poor start
  • The head coach of the Western New York Flash, Aaran Lines, who reviewed the 2015 season, talked about the plans for the offseason and 2016 and gave his thoughts on the NWSL moving forward.  

Michael Lewis commented on the US/Brazil Men's friendly and the calls for Jurgen Klinsmann to be let go, plus gave his thoughts on the US Women's friendlies this week vs Haiti.  With Dick Howard on vacation, Joe and Andrew gave the international report and previewed the first set of matches in the UEFA Champions League group stage.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

 

 
 

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