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

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.