Did we mention that Chengdu is the Panda Capital of China? The fabulously popular Giant Pandas are among the most endangered animals in the world. There are only about 1,600 left in the wild, but more than 160 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world, and the Chengdu area has several of those breeding centers. A few of the U.S. players are hoping for a visit to see the Pandas, but a busy schedule before the first match may not allow it. Still, word from the Wolong Panda Reserve in the east of Mt. Qionglai is that the Pandas will be cheering for the U.S. team, unless the USA plays China of course.