Just got back after 16 days in the country. Couldn't find a professional game to attend but saw a recreational side playing in Panama City. Half the pitch was under ankle-deep water but that didn't stop them. (There was a notable absence of slide tackling!) I spent a lot of time talking to people about soccer and though people play it, the real national obsession is baseball. Panama City was loaded with (probably unlicensed) Yankees gear since there was a Panamanian pitcher on the team in the World Series. The series was always first in the local sports sections with a little soccer near the back. (Hmmm. Does that sound familiar?) There's a number of Panamanians in the US minor leagues and they're closely followed by their countrymen. I spent some time visiting sporting goods stores to try to find a local team jersey but there were none to be had. There were, however, cheap Olympus knock-off jerseys for all major European teams and (of all teams) the LA Galaxy. As for traveling in Panama, it is an undiscovered gem among destinations. Unlike most Central American countries, the capital city has a lot of good areas. It's easy to get around and you can walk the streets at night. We visited Boquette, which is a small town in the mountains and Bocas del Toro, a up and coming Caribbean resort town. Both were fun and very inexpensive. They're celebrating their 100th anniversary of the country this week and it promises to be a major party everywhere.