In his native Panama, Juan Tejada is something of a celebrity.The Rowdies second-year forward was called up to Panama’s under-23 national team a year ago and scored in his international debut. Tejada said more people have been following his career with the Rowdies since that game, but he wasn’t well known in Panama before that.Tejada, who turned 23 in January, left when he was 17 to pursue a professional soccer career in the United States.That career move saw him spent a year at the IMG Academy in Bradenton and go on to Eckerd College, where he started all four years and scored frequently. Those stops set him up well with the Rowdies, where he starts at forward alongside Sebastian Guenzatti. In just a few years, Tejada has become a sports fixture in St. Petersburg as well.“You speak to so many fans and they all love Juan Tejada,” Rowdies coach Neill Collins said. “How can you not? A guy that plays with the energy and enthusiasm (he does) and his attitude to the game, and you can see that when you watch him.”Watching Tejada means following the short, speedy striker all around the pitch. He makes up for his stature with his impact in the attacking third. Tejada has 10 goals in 35 games. All of those, however, came last year in his first go-around with the Rowdies. He’s been held scoreless in four games this season.Watching Tejada means following the short (listed as 5 feet 7), speedy striker all around the field. He makes up for his stature with his impact in the attacking third. Tejada has 10 goals in 35 games with the Rowdies. All those, however, came last year. He is scoreless in four games this season.Tejada does have two assists, one of which led to a tying goal on the road against Birmingham on July 25. He’s looking to end that scoreless streak at Miami tonight.The Rowdies were about to board a bus for a game at Miami in March when they got word the season might be suspended because of the coronavirus. It was — for four months.To resume the season last month, the United Soccer League Championship schedule was altered so severely that Miami has played just two games (and lost both), compared with five for the Rowdies (3-0-2), and the first-ever meeting between the clubs is taking place 146 days after originally planned.A two-week suspension of play is what Tejada predicted at the time.“I think we adapted to it,” Tejada said. “We trained hard, and we kept following the individual programs that the club sent us to stay fit and be ready for whenever this season started, because we really didn’t know.”The soccer-less months relegated Tejada to his St. Petersburg apartment near Eckerd College, where he lives with his girlfriend. He’s a short drive from St. Pete Beach and, in the other direction, not far from Al Lang Stadium. “Thankfully there was a park around where I live,” Tejada said. “And so I went there every day, spent some time doing my fitness, doing work with a ball.”Other than that, Tejada spent his quarantine watching movies, getting into cooking (curry dishes were his go-to meal, and he tried to replicate some Panamanian cuisine) and playing video games.Playing the FIFA video game was a way to keep soccer in his life, and he also played the popular Call of Duty: Warzone with his teammates. Tejada isn’t the best at the battle-royal-style game. He said midfielder Leo Fernandes takes that title (“He’s sick,” Tejada said). But it was a way to stay engaged with his teammates.The return to play has been positive for Tejada and the Rowdies. He relishes the opportunity to learn how to be a professional from his teammates and coach on the field and off. Every day, Tejada said, his goal is to become a better player. Those around him see that.“Anyone who’s met him and walks with him will tell you he’s just doing everything to give himself an opportunity to be a success here with the Rowdies and have a successful career,” Collins said. “When I say no one thinks higher of him, it’s because I’ve got real high hopes for him.” Contact Kyle Wood at email@example.com. Follow him @Kkylewood.