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Tody Glaser

We have now been in Brazil for three amazing days and my outlook on how soccer impacts this society is way bigger than I would have thought.

Just seeing how everyone loves the game and plays is just beyond me. Even when we were just running practice drills, there would be construction workers and other random people would just stop what they were doing and watch. We also have played some beach soccer with some of the locals and the thrill of playing against "The Americans" was very evident on their expressions. I absolutely envy the love for the game that this country has. A love of the game that lacks in the United States. I have also seen the quality and creativity of their style of play here in Brazil first hand. And all I have to say is "WOW". There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best country to experience soccer. No wonder they've won five World Cups. I'm very optimistic about the next few days here and I am hoping to play some more pickup games against the local talent.