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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 10/16/2017
October 16th, 2017


Special Guest:
  • Rochester Rhinos coach Bob Lilley who spoke on the Rhinos 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls II and the upcoming USL Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the visiting Charlotte Independence.

Michael Lewis discussed the US U17 Men’s National team win over Paraguay in the World Cup and the future of the US Men's National Team and US Soccer in general. Dick Howard reviewed Chelsea and Juventus' stunning losses on the weekend and previewed the UEFA Champions League matches this week and the important league matches on the weekend. 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/09/2017
October 9th, 2017


Special Guest:
  • Rochester Rhinos defender Ray Lee, who spoke on the Rhinos 2-0 win over Pittsburgh, his background in soccer and the upcoming home contests against Bethlehem Steel on Tuesday and New York Red Bulls II on Saturday.

 

Michael Lewis previewed the US/T&T World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday, discussed the US Men's U-17 team being 2-0 at the World Cup in India and the passing of the founder of Soccer America Magazine, Clay Burling.  Dick Howard talked about the UEFA World Cup qualifying matches on Monday and previewed Tuesday's qualifiers.
 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/02/2017
October 2nd, 2017


Special Guest:
  • Rochester Rhinos defender and the man of the match in the 0-0 draw with Louisville City on Saturday, Todd Pratzner, who spoke about the match, his background in soccer and the upcoming contest at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Michael Lewis previewed the US/Panama World Cup qualifying match on Friday and the start of the Men's U-17 World Cup in India.  Dick Howard talked about the other World Cup qualifying matches around the world starting on Thursday and who might make it to Russia 2018.

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 09/25/2017
September 25th, 2017

Special Guests: 
  • The only man to be named NASL MVP twice, Rochester Lancers Wall of Famer Carlos Metidieri, who talked about his time with the Lancers, coming back to Rochester for the 50th Anniversary Lancers Reunion on October 7th at the Italian American Sport Club and how he feels the Lancers of his era would fare against the top teams from MLS today.
  • Rochester Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley, who talked about the team's tough road trip (1 point in 3 matches) and the very important match Saturday at home against Louisville City   

Michael Lewis talked about the lawsuit the NASL filed against US Soccer regarding their demotion to Division 3 for next season and NYCFC looking to build a new stadium at Belmont Park.  Dick Howard talked about Arsenal's important win over West Brom today and previewed the big UEFA Champions League matches this week

 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 09/18/2017  
September 18th, 2017

Special Guest:
  • 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 the latest information on the NASL not receiving D2 certification for next season by US Soccer and the ramifications of that decision in US pro soccer, plus his thoughts on the US Men's National Team's chances for the World Cup.  Dick Howard previewed the start of the UEFA Champions League group stage this week. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

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. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 


 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 09/11/2017  
September 11th, 2017


Special Guest:
  • Rochester Rhinos keeper and Penfield Native Dan Lynd, who discussed growing up as a Rhinos fan, the competition with Tomas Gomez for the #1 keeper position, the 1-1 tie with Ottawa and Saturday's match against Pittsburgh, especially since Dan played for the Riverhounds U23 team and was coached at Pitt by Riverhounds GK coach Hunter Gilstrap.

Michael Lewis gave us the latest information on the NASL not receiving D2 certification for next season by US Soccer and the ramifications of that decision in US pro soccer, plus his thoughts on the US Men's National Team's chances for the World Cup.  Dick Howard previewed the start of the UEFA Champions League group stage this week. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 

 


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 09/04/2017
September 4th, 2017


Special Guest:
  • Rochester Rhinos assistant coach Mark Pulisic, who discussed the team's home match on September 9th against Ottawa and his son Christian's coverage while playing for the US National Team.

 

 

Dick Howard talked about the World Cup qualifying matches around the world and the Canada/Jamaica friendly at BMO Field, while Michael Lewis gave his thoughts on the US National team's matches against Costa Rica and Honduras. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 

 
August 28th, 2017

We repeated the August 21 show.
 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 08/21/2017


August 21st, 2017

We had a special show that commemorated the 40th anniversary of the famous NASL semi-final match between the Rochester Lancers and the Cosmos, who had Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Giorgio Chinaglia and Shep Messing.  The match at Holleder Stadium drew over 20,000 fans, still the largest attended team sporting event in Rochester history.

With Andrew on vacation, Rochester Rhinos Wall of Famer Nelson Cupello, a member of the 1977 Lancers, joined Joe Sirianni to reminisce about the season and welcomed former Lancers owner Charlie Schiano, the voice of the Lancers, Wayne Fuller, the captain of the 1977 Lancers, Jim Pollihan, one of the greatest goalkeeper in NASL history, Jack Brand, the son of former Lancers owner the late Pat DiNolfo, the Honorable Vince DiNolfo, NASL All Star Francisco Escos, Lancers defenders Don Droege and Webster native Craig Reynolds and the man who wrote about the match in the Rochester Deomcrat and Chronicle, Michael Lewis.

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 08/14/2017
August 14th, 2017

Special Guest:
  • Rochester Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley who discussed the loan of Julian Buescher from DC United to the Rhinos, the potential for another transfer to take place in the near future, Saturday's match against the Charleston Battery and the expansion of the USL next season, both in number of teams and matches played (34).

Joe, Andrew and Dick Howard previewed the new Serie A and Bundesliga seasons, talked about the first weekend of matches in the Premiership and the 5 match suspension of Cristiano Ronaldo.  Michael Lewis previewed the US Open Cup semi-final between FC Cincinnati and the NY Red Bulls and former Rhino GK Tim Melia leading Sporting Kansas City to the US Open Cup Final.  Throughout the show, we all talked about the joint bid of the US, Canada and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup and if Morocco's rival bid has any chance.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 

 
 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 08/07/2017 August 7th, 2017

We discussed the transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to PSG and the start of the English Premiership season with Dick Howard. In addition, Michael Lewis gave his onsite report of the latest Hudson River Derby between NYCFC and the NY Red Bulls from Yankee Stadium, talked about the induction of Brianna Scurry and Dr. Joe Manchin into the US Soccer Hall of Fame and the latest news on promotion and relegation coming to US Soccer. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 

 

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 07/31/2017

July 31st, 2017

Our special guest for the entire hour was 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! 

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 07/24/2017


July 24th, 2017

Special Guest:

  • Rochester Rhinos keeper Tomas Gomez, who talked about the team's 0-0 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday and Wednesday's home match against Toronto FC II.

Dick Howard talked about the Gold Cup, the transfer market's latest moves, the International Champions Cup drawing huge crowds and MLS turning down a $4 billion offer for media rights starting in 2023 that were dependent on MLS adopting promotion and relegation.  Michael Lewis was live from California and gave his on-sight report on Jamaica's upset of Mexico in the Gold Cup semi-finals, reviewed the US win over Costa Rica in the other Gold Cup semi-final and previewed Wednesday's final between the Reggae Boyz and the USA.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 
 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 07/17/2017
July 17th, 2017


Special Guest:
  • Rochester Lancers head coach Doug Miller, who reviewed the team's outdoor season and discussed plans for the return of the indoor Lancers.

 

Dick Howard talked about the Gold Cup, the retirement of Francesco Totti, the transfer market's latest moves, the International Champions Cup and the UEFA Women's tournament.  Michael Lewis reviewed the US Men's Gold Cup group stage results, previewed the knockout stage match against El Salvardor on Wednesday and gave his predictions on the big NYCFC matches this week hosting Toronto FC and Chicago. Joe and Andrew previewed the Rhinos match on Saturday hosting Pittsburgh.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 07/10/2017
July 10th, 2017


Special Guests:
  • Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee Jim Pollihan, who spoke on his playing all 5 seasons of his outdoor soccer career in Rochester, the 1977 NASL semi-final against the Cosmos at Holleder Stadium, road trips with the other American Lancers players and what it meant to be captain of the team.
  • Rochester Rhinos Man of the Match from Saturday's 1-0 win over Harrisburg, Jochen Graf, who discussed the victory and his scoring the only goal of the match, playing against former Rhinos players in the USL and the Rochester Summer Camp open house coming up on Tuesday.  

Dick Howard talked about the Gold Cup, the moves of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Wayne Rooney to Everton and the start of the UEFA Women's tournament this weekend.  Michael Lewis reviewed the US Men's 1-1 draw with Ghana in the Gold Cup, previewed the match on Wednesday against Martinique and gave some thoughts on the memorial service of former US Women's National team coach Tony DiCicco.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 

 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 07/03/2017
July 3rd, 2017


Special Guest: