Juan Tejada Signs With Tampa Bay Rowdies

by Andrew Ross

Lakeland, Fl – Juan Tejada, a previous standout player with the Lakeland Tropics, has just signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies to their 2019 USL Championship roster.

During his time with the Tropics, Tejada was a leader for the Tropics in both goals and assists. This past season Tejada scored seven goals in eleven matches.

Tejada, 22, has been training and playing with the Tampa Bay Rowdies as a trialist this preseason. He turned a few heads in Saturday night’s match against D.C. United with his energy levels, speed and fearlessness. He was one of two trialists to score in the Rowdies’ 4-2 win over the UCF Knights on February 9.

“We are thrilled for Juan to achieve his goals of signing a professional contract with such a prestigious organization as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. This shows that our Club can truly provide the Path 2 Pro for our players and use our relationships with other pro Clubs to allow our players to achieve their dreams. He will be missed, but we look forward to our upcoming USL League Two season with some new faces ready to fill the void left with his departure. We look forward to continuing to be one of the best organizations in League Two for player development,” said Tropics General Manager Andrew Ross.

“I am not in the least bit surprised that Juan has earned a professional contract and of course we wish him nothing but the best. Ian Cameron at Eckerd did a fantastic job facilitating his growth and we could see during his time with us that he consistently displayed the characteristics needed for the professional level, these characteristics combined with his exceptional quality is what separates Juan from his peers and he is an example of what any young aspiring professional should look like. We except that his growth will continue and credit to Neill Collins and Rowdies for giving Juan the opportunity.”

The Lakeland Tropics kick off their 2019 USL League Two Season May 11th at Bryant Stadium. Tryouts for the team are THIS SATURDAY, February 23rd at 11am at Lake Parker Park. More Info at FLTropics.com. You can purchase $55 Season Tickets now through April 1st and get all 7 games in addition to the 7 games at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. To purchase call 863-240-0101 or email tropicstickets@gmail.com.