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'Roots And Routes' Event Highlights Valley's Soccer History, And Looks To Its Future

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Laura Tsutsui
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Valley Public Radio
Fresno State history professor Romeo Guzman and student Tyler Caffee have devoted over a year to "Roots and Routes," a project documenting the history of soccer in the Central Valley.

This weekend, Fresno State’s Valley Public History Initiative is debuting “Roots and Routes: Fresno’s Global Soccer History,” a project that traces the sport in the Central Valley through oral histories, photos, and other documents, with a focus on immigrants who have made soccer in Fresno what it is today. A series of talks and presentations will take place Friday afternoon at Tioga Sequoia, before the Fresno Foxes game, and Saturday morning at Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library.

Listen to the audio above for an interview with Romeo Guzman, a history professor at Fresno State and the lead on the Valley Public History Initiative.

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.