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 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass Podcasts - 2016/2017
 
 
 
 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 05/22/2017 May 22nd, 2017

Special Guest:

  • Rochester Rhinos wingback Jordan Dover, who talked about the team's 1-1 draw against Richmond and the 3-0 US Open Cup win against FC Motown, his background in soccer and how the USL is different from college and League One in Ontario Canada and his pro soccer idol growing up.

Michael Lewis gave his onsite report on the Rochester Lancers and Lady Lancers matches this past Sunday and commented on the US U-20 Men's World Cup opener, a 3-3 draw with Ecuador.  With Dick Howard flying back from England, Joe and Andrew talked about Juventus winning Serie A, SPAL winning Serie B, the Champions League final between Juventus and La Liga Champions Real Madrid, the Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax and the FA Cup Final pitting Chelsea against Arsenal.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 05/15/2017
May 15th, 2017


Special Guests:
  • Rochester Rhinos Chief Soccer Officer, Pat Ercoli, who discussed the team's upcoming home matches against FC Motown in the US Open Cup Wednesday and vs the Richmond Kickers on Sunday, a recent eye injury to forward Christiano Francois that will keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks and the Rochester Rhinos hosting the City of Rochester JOSANA Neighborhood Outreach event at Capelli Sport Stadium as we were speaking on the air.
  • Rochester Lancers head coach Doug Miller, who talked about his team's preparations for Sunday's opening match against the Dayton Dynamo.

Michael Lewis gave his onsite report of the New York Red Bulls losing to the LA Galaxy at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, plus he reviewed NYCFC earning a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas on the road Sunday and previewed the start of the FIFA U20 Men's World Cup starting this weekend and the chances for the US team.  Dick Howard was on live from England and talked about Chelsea winning the Premiership, the final match at White Hart Lane for Tottenham Hotspur after 118 years, Juventus losing to Roma to keep the Serie A race up for grabs and Real Madrid still holding the advantage in La Liga over Barcelona with a match in hand and level on points.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 05/08/2017
May 8th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • The head coach of the Rochester Rhinos, Bob Lilley, who talked about the team's unexpected 18 day break between matches after Saturday's contest at St. Louis FC was postponed, the team's 4-0 win over Charlotte on April 29 and the upcoming US Open Cup 2nd round match on May 17 at home.

Michael Lewis talked about the US U-17 boys qualifying for the U17 World Cup in October, the latest matches for NYCFC and the NY Red Bulls in MLS and the upcoming contests for the US Men's National Team.  With Dick Howard on vacation, Joe and Andrew talked about Chelsea and Juventus getting closer to league titles, this week's UEFA Champions League semi-final second legs and the start of a new Canadian Premier League next year. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 05/01/2017


May 1st, 2017

We had a special show with the former owner of the original Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano, who talked about how the team was founded 50 years ago, the 3 seasons the Lancers spent in the old American Soccer League and how the Lancers moved to the NASL. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!
 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 04/24/2017


April 24th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • Rochester Rhinos striker Cristiano Francois, who discussed his background in soccer, coming to the US from Haiti, the team's 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls 2 at Capelli Sport Stadium on April 22 and Saturday’s home match against the Charlotte Independence at 6:05 pm.   

Dick Howard talked about the Classico with Barcelona winning 3-2 at Real Madrid, Juventus in control of Serie A, the UEFA Champions League semi-final draw, the FA Cup semi-finals and the week’s upcoming league matches.  Michael Lewis gave his onsite reports on the Cosmos 1-1 draw against Jacksonville on Coney Island and NYCFC losing at Yankee Stadium to Orlando City 2-1.   

Joe and Andrew gave their thoughts on opinions on Jeff DiVeronica’s article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about 10 ways to revive the Rochester Rhinos and what they would do to improve attendance and the bottom line.

 http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/soccer/blogs/daily-devo/2017/04/21/devo-10-ways-revive-rochester-rhinos/100752606/

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 04/17/2017
April 17th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • The head coach of the Rochester Rhinos, Bob Lilley, who discussed the team's 5-0 loss at Charleston on April 15 and the home opener on April 22 at 6:05 pm at Capelli Sport Stadium against the 2016 USL Champion New York Red Bulls 2.

Dick Howard talked about Brighton & Hove Albion being promoted to the English Premiership, John Terry leaving Chelsea at the end of this season, the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg matches this week, the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend and the Classico on Sunday between Real Madrid and Barcelona.  Michael Lewis talked about the 50th anniversary of US Professional Soccer this past Sunday and the article in the Guardian he wrote about the subject (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/17/america-soccer-league-npsl), David Villa's 50 yard wonder goal for NYCFC on Friday and the players on New York Red Bulls 2 that the Rhinos fans should watch in Saturday's home opener.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 04/10/2017
April 10th, 2017


Special Guests:
  • Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, who talked about the return of the outdoor Rochester Lancers in the NPSL and the formation of the Rochester Lady Lancers who will play in the UWS Women's League.
  • The Director of Digital Media and Communications for the Rochester Rhinos, Blaise Borgeouis, who provided information about the promotions, special ticket deals and concessions at Capelli Sport Stadium this season and what the team has planned for social media in 2017.  

Michael Lewis gave his onsite report of the announcement at One World Trade Center of the US, Mexico and Canada submitting a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.  Dick Howard provided the Canadian perspective of the 2026 World Cup announcement and previewed the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg matches this week.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 04/03/2017
April 3rd, 2017

Special Guest:

  • The scorer of the winning goal for the Rochester Rhinos in their 3-2 victory over Bethlehem Steel on Saturday, Jochen Graf.  The Rhinos new forward talked about his knack for scoring big goals late in matches, the big opening day win vs Steel FC, how playing in Sweden compares to the USL and the Rhinos match at Toronto FC II on Friday night.

 

Dick Howard and Michael Lewis gave their opinions on the World Cup in 2026 having 48 teams and how those team will break out by Confederation.  Dick also talked about Chelsea losing to Crystal Palace on Saturday, the Arsenal 2-2 draw with Manchester City, the big mid-week matches in Europe and Vancouver hosting Tigres in the CONCACAF Champions League.  Michael also reviewed the US 1-1 draw against Panama, talked about the next 2 US World Cup qualifiers against T&T and Mexico and the Pachuca/FC Dallas CONCACAF Champions League semi-final 2nd leg. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 03/27/2017  
March 27th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • Rochester Rhinos 2016 Defender of the Year and all-USL selection Joe Farrell, who talked about the first match of the USL season this Saturday at Bethlehem Steel FC, the newly signed players on the team and preparing to face a number of the players with whom he was teammates in the Philadelphia Union youth program on Saturday.

Michael Lewis previewed the US/Panama World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday and gave his thoughts on the big 6-0 win over Honduras.  Dick Howard reviewed the weekend's World Cup qualifiers around the globe, the potential 200 million Euro transfer of Neymar to Manchester United and Gigi Buffon setting the all-time caps record for Italy.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 03/20/2017
March 20th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • The new assistant coach of the Rochester Rhinos, Mark Pulisic, the father of US International Christian Pulisic.  Mark talked about the new additions to the roster, how the preseason has gond with the unexpected 2 feet of snow in Rochester, the differences between working with the Rhinos and Borussia Dortmund and the RHinos first regular season match at Bethehem Steel FC next Saturday afternoon at 4 pm.

Michael Lewis previewed the US/Honduras World Cup qualifying match on Friday and the injury problems the US has for this match. Dick Howard reviewed the week's action in Europe, including the Champions League quarterfinal draw, discussed the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches around the globe and talked about the new head coach of the Canadian Men's National Team, Octavio Zambrano.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 03/13/2017


March 13th, 2017

Joe and Andrew discussed the Rhinos 5-1 preseason win over Pittsburgh and gave our thoughts and condolences to Pat Ercoli and his family on the loss of his father Ottavio Ercoli at age 91.

Michael Lewis gave his thoughts on the NY Reb Bulls leading the MLS East, the big 4-0 win by NYCFC over DC United, the home opener of Minnesota United played in a snowstorm and the favorite formations that soccer team have used past and present.  Dick Howard reviewed Chelsea's 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup and the matchups in the semi-finals at Wembley, Barcelona's amazing comeback against PSG in the UEFA Champions League and previewed this week's Champions League matches and the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals between Tigres and the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 03/06/2017
March 6th, 2017

Special Guests:
  • Rochester Rhinos captain Mike Garzi, who talked about the team’s 0-0 draw against Syracuse University on Sunday in 20 degree weather, the new players and coaches on this year’s team and playing against his former teammates on Ottawa this Friday, plus the move of Adam Grinwis and Christian Volesky to St. Louis FC.
  • Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, who discussed the possible return of the Rochester Lancers indoor team in 2017-18.  A decision will be made by May 1, 2017. 

Michael Lewis gave his onsite reports on the US women losing to England at Red Bull Arena 1-0 on Saturday and the opening of Orlando City’s new stadium on Sunday with the Lions beating NYCFC 1-0.  Dick Howard reviewed today’s 2-1 Chelsea win over West Ham, the building of a new stadium for Chelsea, Serie A results and a preview of this week’s UEFA Champions League 2nd leg matches and the quarterfinals of the FA Cup this weekend.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 02/27/2017

 
February 27th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • The head coach of the Rochester Rhinos, Bob Lilley, who talked about the new and returning players on the team, new assistant coaches Mark Pulisic (Christian’s father) and Brendan Murphy and the upcoming Exhibition and USL schedule. 

Michael Lewis discussed the start of the MLS season and the She Believes Cup, featuring the US Women’s National Team, and Dick Howard reviewed the Leicester City win over Liverpool and the sacking of Foxes head coach Claudio Ranieri, the latest matches in La Liga and the prospects for the 3 Canadian teams in MLS this season.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 02/20/2017


February 20th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • The assistant coach of the North Carolina Courage (formerly the Western New York Flash), Scott Vallow, who talked about his recent wedding to Courage player McCall Zerboni, the move of the Flash to North Carolina, the process he took to gain this position and his family moving from Rochester. 
Dick Howard talked about the FA Cup matches over the weekend, previewed this week's UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches and gave the latest news from Canadian soccer.  Michael Lewis discussed the US losing to Panama in the CONCACAF U-20 Men's Tournament, the Red Bulls hosting Vancouver in the CONCACAF Champions League and tempers flaring in the latest NYCFC pre-season friendlies. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!