Juan Tejada

Juan David Tejada Londono (born 14 January 1997) is a Panamanian footballer who plays as a forward for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL Championship.

Juan Tejada
Personal information
Full name Juan David Tejada Londono
Date of birth (1997-01-14) January 14, 1997
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Number 17
Youth career
Chepo F.C.
2014–2015 IMG Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Eckerd Tritons 60 (23)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 Lakeland Tropics 24 (12)
2019– Tampa Bay Rowdies 31 (10)
National team
Panama U-17
Panama U-20
2019– Panama U-23 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 July 2019

Career

Youth and college

Tejada played with the youth academy of Chepo F.C. in his native Panama starting from U–15 before moving to the United States on a scholarship to play for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[1]

After graduating from IMG, Tejada began playing collegiately for the Eckerd Tritons in St. Petersburg, Florida. During his time at Eckerd, Tejada started every game for the Tritons all four years he played there.[2]

Club

Lakeland Tropics

Tejada played in the USL PDL in 2017 and 2018, starring as an attacking midfielder or forward for the Lakeland Tropics. In 2018, while playing alongside some of the Tropics' MASL professionals, Tejada led the team in scoring with 7 goals in 11 appearances.[3][4]

Tampa Bay Rowdies

In early 2019, Tejada joined the local Tampa Bay Rowdies as a preseason trialist. He scored in a closed–door friendly against the UCF Knights and impressed coaches and fans alike with his work rate against Major League Soccer's D.C. United before being rewarded with a professional contract on February 20.[5] Tejada added a second preseason tally against the Georgia Southern Eagles and then started for the Rowdies in the opening match of the 2019 USL Championship season.[6]

References

  1. Campo Elías, Estrada. "Tejada se muestra con goles en el fútbol de EU". La Prensa (Panama City). Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. "Juan Tejada Eckerd College bio". EckerdTritons.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  3. Ackley, Brian. "High energy, big smile, meet the Lakeland Tropics leading goal-getter Juan Tejada". LakelandTropics.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  4. "Juan Tejada League Two bio". USLLeagueTwo.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. "Rowdies Sign Forward Juan Tejada". RowdiesSoccer.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  6. "Guenzatti Fires Rowdies To Opening Day Win Over Memphis". RowdiesSoccer.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
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