Miami Dolphins looking for cheerleaders in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico

Yahoo Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Leaving one of the poorest cities in Brazil at 5 a.m., 20-year-old student Luciane Lima traveled from Sao Goncalo to a Copacabana hotel two hours away to join 300 women at an unusual audition in the land of soccer: Cheerleader for the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins started auditions last week, and is targeting soccer-crazy countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Although few of the Brazilian candidates knew much about the sport, they found out about the trials via social media and flocked to the tryouts.

In exchange for injecting a touch of samba into the Dolphins' cheerleading team, they hope to start new lives in the United States.

@dolphinscheer: Meet one of our finalists from Brazil- Vera Lucia! We'll be seeing her in Miami!
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@dolphinscheer: Meet one of our finalists from Brazil- Vera Lucia! We'll be seeing her in Miami!
@dolphinscheer: Another finalist from Brazil- Ana Carolina!
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@dolphinscheer: Another finalist from Brazil- Ana Carolina!
@dolphinscheer: Erica is going to Miami for finals! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
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@dolphinscheer: Erica is going to Miami for finals! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
@dolphinscheer: Say hello to Suellen! She'll be going to finals in May! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
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@dolphinscheer: Say hello to Suellen! She'll be going to finals in May! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
@dolphinscheer: Amanda is heading to Miami for Finals! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
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@dolphinscheer: Amanda is heading to Miami for Finals! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
@dolphinscheer: Our 6th and last Brazilian finalist is Louise! We'll see you ladies in Miami! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
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@dolphinscheer: Our 6th and last Brazilian finalist is Louise! We'll see you ladies in Miami! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil
@dolphinscheer: Meet your 2016 finalists from Brazil! Check out their individual photos and tell us which one is YOUR favorite! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil #Rio #RiodeJaneiro
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@dolphinscheer: Meet your 2016 finalists from Brazil! Check out their individual photos and tell us which one is YOUR favorite! #DolphinsCheer #Brazil #Brasil #Rio #RiodeJaneiro
@dolphinscheer: Romina is one our finalists from Argentina! We'll see her in Miami! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
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@dolphinscheer: Romina is one our finalists from Argentina! We'll see her in Miami! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
@dolphinscheer: Aldana is joining us in Miami! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
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@dolphinscheer: Aldana is joining us in Miami! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
@dolphinscheer: Congrats to Josefina on making it to finals! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
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@dolphinscheer: Congrats to Josefina on making it to finals! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
@dolphinscheer: Going to finals on May 1st is Yosy! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
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@dolphinscheer: Going to finals on May 1st is Yosy! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
@dolphinscheer: Our last finalist from Buenos Aires is Agustina! Congratulations to all 5 ladies! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina
Miami Dolphins Cheer
@dolphinscheer: Our last finalist from Buenos Aires is Agustina! Congratulations to all 5 ladies! #DolphinsCheer #BuenosAires #Argentina

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