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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 12/26/2017 December 26th, 2017 - 2 hour year end show

Special Guests:
  • The 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year from Sporting KC, former Rochester Rhino Tim Melia, who spoke on winning the US Open Cup this year, but failing to move past the first round of the MLS playoffs, what Sporting will do in the offseason to prepare for 2018 and the Rhinos taking the 2018 season off in the USL.
  • Rochester Lancers Wall of Famer Wayne Fuller (the radio voice of the NASL Lancers) who spoke on his recent illness, road trips with Joe Sirianni and the Lancers and the latest on the Batavia Muckdogs baseball team that Wayne covered for many years.
  • Frank Iacovangelo from one of our long time sponsors, Faber Homes, who talked about his favorite team, Roma, the retirement of Francesco Totti and what Italy must do to come back from missing the 2018 World Cup
  • The assistant coach of the NWSL Supporters Shield Winning North Carolina Courage and Rhinos Hall of Famer Scott Vallow, who discussed the Courage's 2017 season and what to expect in 2018, the future of women's pro soccer in the US and the Rhinos not playing in the 2018 USL season.
  • The GM of the Rochester Lancers, Lady Lancers and Riverdogz, Mark Mandell, who talked about the player combine this weekend, the realignment of the division in which the Lancers play in the NPSL and the 2018 US Open Cup in which the River Dogz will compete in the spring.  

Michael Lewis talked about Nashville getting an MLS expansion franchise and who might be the next city to be awarded a spot in MLS, plus his thoughts on the US Men's National Team not making the World Cup and how the upcoming US Soccer Presidential election could impact the team.  Dick Howard discussed the English Premiership matches on Boxing Day, Real Madrid losing at home to Barcelona and his highlights of 2017 in the world of soccer. 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/18/2017
December 18th, 2017

Our special guest was WYSL President and Owner Bob Savage who talked about the tragic passing of WYSL Sales Manager and longtime Rochester media personality and champion of charitable causes, Kevin Meath.

Michael Lewis and Dick Howard discussed the MLS Cup Final that they both attended and the historic season of champion Toronto FC, including their chances in the CONCACAF Champions League, whose draw we covered live.  Dick also discussed the FIFA Club World Cup Final, the knockout stage matches in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City's 16 match unbeaten streak and the big matches this weekend.  Michael Lewis also talked about the candidates for the US Soccer Presidency and the potential for a new General Manager position to be created.

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December 11th, 2017

We did not broadcast due to live college basketball on WYSL

Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 12/4/2017


December 4th, 2017

Our special guest was Al Schneider, who is spearheading the effort to nominate former NASL Rochester Lancers owner Charlie Schiano for President of US Soccer and to ensure Charlie Schiano and 2-time NASL MVP Carlos Metidieri are on the 2019 ballot for the US Soccer Hall of Fame.

Michael Lewis talked about the US Soccer Presidency race and Sunil Gulati's decision not to seek re-election and also the MLS Cup Final on Saturday between Toronto FC and Seattle. Dick Howard gave his thoughts on the MLS Final, the World Cup draw, the final UEFA Champions League group matches and the big derby matches this week in Europe.  Joe and Andrew also commented on the Rochester Rhinos going on hiatus for the 2018 USL season.

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/28/2017
November 28th, 2017

The podcast of the special November 28th edition of Soccer is a Kick in the Grass is available for download. We had a 2 hour show that emanated from Capelli Sport Stadium as we covered the ROC United Rally for the Rhinos live as it happened.  Besides hearing from many Rhinos fans speaking their minds about supporting the team for a return in 2018, we interviewed Rhinos owners David and Wendy Dworkin, Rhinos Chief Business Officer Mark Washo, Rhinos and Rochester sports PA announcer Rocky Perotta, Soccer Sam Fantauzzo, Lew Rhinewald (who created our banner at the stadium) and the father of pro soccer in Rochester, Charlie Schiano.  Dick Howard and Michael Lewis also gave their thoughts on the Rhinos situation and were hopefully the team would play in 2018. 

A special thanks to WYSL's Michael Warren Thomas, who loaned us his broadcast equipment for the show!

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/20/2017


November 20th, 2017

Our special guest for the whole hour was Rochester Rhinos Chief Soccer Officer Pat Ercoli, who discussed the latest information on the team and its drive to raise $1.3MM by the end of November so the Rhinos can field a team in 2018.  Michael Lewis and Dick Howard also added their insight and questions for Pat.

NOTE: We apologize for some technical problems that occurred during the show. 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/13/2017 November 13th, 2017

Special Guests:
  • University of Rochester Men's Soccer Coach Chris Apple, who talked about the Yellowjackets 2 wins in the NCAA D3 tournament so far and the sweet 16 match against Amherst this Saturday afternoon.
  • McQuaid Jesuit High School Boys Soccer Coach and former Rochester Rhino Nino Pilato, who discussed the Knights winning the New York State Boys AA Soccer Title and its impact on the players and school.

 

Dick Howard discussed Italy not making the World Cup for the first time since 1958, the remaining World Cup qualifying matches and this weekend's European club contests.  Michael Lewis previewed the US /Portugal friendly on Tuesday with Rochester Dave Sarachan coaching the US Men and the NASL championship won by San Francisco over the Cosmos, which could be the final match in NASL history.

 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 11/06/2017
November 6th, 2017

Joe, Andrew, Dick Howard and Michael Lewis discussed:

  • The feisty match between Toronto FC and the NY Red Bulls that included a fight in the tunnel at halftime, which could impact Toronto in their East final series with Columbus, as they will be missing Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco
  • The Columbus Crew holding on for a 4-3 aggregate win over NYCFC after losing 2-0 at Yankee Stadium, ending the stellar career of Italian superstar Andrea Pirlo
  • The upcoming World Cup qualifying matches in Europe, Africa and across continents
  • The US Women facing Canada in a home and home series this week
  • Sunil Gulati's town hall in Rochester this past Saturday and Kyle Martino joining the candidates for the Presidency of US Soccer
  • The latest in the NASL legal fight with US Soccer
  • San Francisco and the Cosmos playing in Soccer Bowl, potentially the final NASL match ever.

 

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/30/2017
October 30th, 2017


Special Guests:
  • Rochester Rhinos Chief Business Officer Mark Washo, who talked about the partnerships the Rhinos made this season with a number of high profile Rochester businesses, the plans for increasing attendance next season with 34 matches on the schedule and an overview of how the team is doing financially as they start preparations for next season.
  • Rochester Rhinos Head Coach Bob Lilley who talked about the team's season ending 1-0 loss to Louisville City in the USL playoffs, how he felt the team did overall this season, the initial player plans for next year and the parity in the USL in 2017.

Michael Lewis was live from Red Bull Arena and he previewed the MLS East semi-final between the NY Red Bulls and Toronto FC, talked about the other MLS playoff matches that have taken place and gave his thoughts on former Rochester Lancer and Brighton native Dave Sarachan being named the interim US Men's National Team coach. 

Dick Howard also talked about the NY Red Bulls/Toronto FC series and the Vancouver/Seattle MLS West semi-finals, England winning the U17 World Cup, Real Madrid being upset by Girona in La Liga and the big upcoming matches in the UEFA Champions League and the English Premiership.

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Soccer is a Kick in the Grass podcast for 10/23/2017
October 23rd, 2017


Special Guests:
  • New US Women's International and first team NWSL All-Star McCall Zerboni of the North Carolina Courage, who discussed how she received the call up to the national team and her playing in Sunday's match against South Korea in front of her home fans in Cary, NC.
  • The scorer of the match winning goal in Saturday's Rochester Rhinos win over Charlotte in the USL Playoffs, Stefan DeFregger, who talked about the goal and the Rhinos defense leading them to the win, along with previewing Sunday's USL Eastern Conference semi-finals at top seeded Louisville City. 


Michael Lewis discussed Atlanta United breaking the Cosmos 40 year old US pro soccer season average attendance mark and the MLS single match attendance record in yesterday's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC and Atlanta being awarded the 2018 MLS All-Star Game, plus Michael previewed the MLS playoffs that start on Wednesday.  Dick Howard talked about the firing of former Rhino Mauro Biello as head coach of Montreal, Toronto's and Vancouver's chances in the MLS playoffs, Ronald Koeman getting the sack from Everton and the 2017 FIFA Awards.

Also, we reported that the Rochester River Dogz will host a 3rd Qualifying Round match in the 2018 US Open Cup against Stegman's Soccer Club of Minnesota on the weekend of November 18-19.  If the River Dogz win, they will qualify for the 2018 US Open Cup! 

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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!