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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 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:
  • Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee Frank Caricchio, who spoke on his soccer career as a player at Charlotte High School, the captain of the 1963 Italian-American Sport Club National Champions and the 1967-69 Lancers, along with his coaching days at Greece Athena and Bishop Kearney. 

    Frank, Manfred Seissler, Jim Pollihan and the late Bruno Sniders will be inducted into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame on Saturday, July 15 at halftime of the Lancers match against Erie at Aquinas High School that starts at 4 pm.

Dick Howard talked about the Confederations Cup final, Toronto FC winning the Canadian Championship, Christine Sinclair being awarded the Order of Canada this past weekend and Canada Men's team kicking off the Gold Gup this weekend against French Guyana.  Michael Lewis reviewed the US Men's 2-1 win over Ghana and their first match in the Gold Cup on Saturday against Panama.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!


Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 06/26/2017
June 26th, 2017


Special Guests:
  • Rochester Lancer keeper Will Banahene who talked about the team's 7 match unbeaten streak, including the 2-1 win over FC Buffalo, and the critical match on Sunday against unbeaten Erie on the road 
  • Rochester Rhinos head coach Bob Lilley, who discussed the team's 1-0 loss to Orlando City B last Friday despite controlling most of the play and the team's 2 match road swing starting on Saturday in Charlotte

We also announced with Michael Lewis the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame class of 2017, who are:

  • Original Lancer and a member of the 1963 Italian-American Sport Club National Champions, Frank Caricchio
  • 3 time NASL 1st team all-star and an NASL Champion with the Kansas City Spurs, Manfred Seissler
  • Lancer captain, long time MISL and NPSL indoor player and coach former US International defender, Jim Pollihan
  • The man who covered the Lancers longer than anyone else in the Rochester newspapers, the late Bruno Sniders

Dick Howard talked about the Confederations Cup, the transfer window and the Canadian Championship between Toronto FC and Montreal. 

Finally, Dick, Michael Joe and Andrew remembered the late coach of the US Women's National Team, Tony DiCicco, who passed away last week.

 

Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 06/19/2017
June 19th, 2017

Special Guest:
  • Rochester Rhinos defender Ryan Felix, who talked about the team's 1-0 win over Ottawa on Saturday and his match winning goal, the differences from playing on the West Coast vs here in the East and this Friday's USL match at home against Orlando City B.

Dick Howard talked about the Confederations Cup, the potential transfers of Cristiano Ronaldo and young Italian keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and the radical rule changes being proposed for the sport by the International Football Association Board - see below:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/17/football-rule-makers-reducing-games-60-minutes

Michael Lewis reviewed the big wins for NYCFC and the Red Bulls last weekend, previewed the upcoming Hudson River Derby on Saturday and gave his thoughts on the IFAB proposed rule changes. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 

 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 06/12/2017
June 12th, 2017


Special Guests:
  • Rochester Lancers forward Will Stone, who talked about the team's two big wins over Syracuse FC and AFC Cleveland where he scored both game winning goals, how he came from England to go to college and play soccer in the US and the important match Friday at division leaders Dayton.
  • Rochester Rhinos Assistant Coach Mark Pulisic, who talked about the team's pair of 1-1 draws in Florida last week, bringing more people into Capelli Sport Stadium to watch the team play, the US Open Cup match against New England on Wednesday and the play of his son Christian Pulisic with the US National Team.

Michael Lewis gave his on-site report of the Mexico/US World Cup qualifying match on Sunday from the Azteca and Dick Howard talked about England winning the U20 Men's World Cup, the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying matches around the world, the start of the Confederations Cup, the opening of the transfer window and the Canada/Costa Rica Women's Friendly in Toronto on Sunday. Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!
 

 Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 06/05/2017  
June 5th, 2017


Special Guests:
  • Rochester Lancers forward Isaac Kissi, who talked about the team's recent excellent run with 2 wins and a draw, his coming back from knee injuries that ended his pro career and his becoming a registered nurse.
  • Rochester Rhinos Chief Business Officer Mark Washo, who talked about the coverage the team has received in the local media, the excellent home record of the Rhinos that can be used to draw fans and the team's upcoming matches on the road and at home.

Dick Howard returned from holiday and talked about the UEFA Champions League Final, the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches this week, the lack of live TV coverage of soccer matches across the UK, Italy facing England in the U20 World Cup semi-finals and the broken ankle recently suffered by Chelsea star Eden Hazard. Michael Lewis talked about the US U-20's losing to Venezuela in the quarterfinals, the US Men's two World Cup qualifying matches this week - Thursday hosting Trinidad and Tobago and Sunday night facing Mexico in the Azteca (where Michael will be live) and the US Women's two road friendlies this week at Sweden Thursday and Norway Sunday.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast! 

 

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 05/29/2017
May 29th, 2017

We had a special show with the former owner of the original Rochester Lancers, Charlie Schiano, who talked about the 1970 NASL Champion Lancers and the 1971 Lancers that played in the longest 2 pro soccer matches in history vs Dallas in the playoffs.  Click on the soccer ball to listen to the podcast!

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