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Utahns are heading to Brazil for the World Cup

Travel » For residents, exotic locales and big soccer games hold promise of a trip of a lifetime.

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Taylorsville’s Carlos Baquerizo travels to South America a few times per year to watch soccer matches, but said he knows none of them will compare to what he’ll see in Brazil. Along with his uncle, he’ll see three Ecuador matches as well as the Uruguay-England and Chile-Netherlands games.

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"I’ve never been to Brazil, I’ve never been to a World Cup so I’m just excited for the atmosphere," Baquerizo said. "These games, you just feel it, it’s different."

James Delorey, who’s held RSL season tickets for three years, said he believes it will be unlike anything he has ever seen.

"I’m kind of a sappy guy, so I could see it bringing tears to my eyes," he said. "It’s going to be an incredible experience, oh man."

Wheatley said he’s looking forward to experiencing the world’s game in person with people all over the world, to share a feeling that transcends borders and fanhood.

"At the end of the day, soccer fans are passionate no matter what team they’re cheering for," Wheatley said. "They get excited, they get into the games and I just feel like it will be even more special being on the biggest level."

Spongberg said that it’s not about souvenirs or trinkets, that the memories he’ll bring home to South Jordan will be more than enough.

"It’s that experience, the memories, those are the things that I can take home," he said. "If we can attach those to any type of positive result for the U.S., that would just be great."


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