World Cup fever — and the trophy — roll through New Jersey

The smile on Luke Flores’ face was about as big as it was for an 11-year-old.

Dressed in traditional Adidas track pants and an orange shirt sponsored by Coca Cola, with a mini soccer ball and a Sharpie in hand, the Clifton soccer player was waiting in line to do something few people might have the chance to do: stand in arm’s reach at the FIFA World Cup , football’s most coveted award, with some of the game’s biggest stars in central Bergen in attendance.

“I was so excited. It was a wild experience,” the youngster said earlier this month on the American Dream World Cup tour, surrounded by his teammates and his dad, an assistant coach at Clifton High School. “I’m so grateful we’re here. “


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