Panama int’l Tejada joins Peru’s Universitario

Panama international Luis Tejada (pictured) has scored two goals in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

LIMA, Peru – With an eye on the 2017 Copa Libertadores, Peruvian power Universitario announced Monday that it has signed Panama international Luis Tejada.

The 34-year-old forward played the 2016 season with fellow Peruvian side Juan Aurich, where he scored 25 goals in 37 games.

Tejada – capped 98 times -- is Panama’s all-time leading scorer with 43 goals, including 10 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. His considerable talents have taken him across globe during a productive club career, which has included stops in Panama (Tauro, Plaza Amador), Colombia (Tolima, Envigado, Once Caldas, America de Cali, Millonarios), Mexico (Toluca, Veracruz), the United States (Real Salt Lake) and the United Arab Emirates (Al-Ain), as well as Universidad César Vallejo in Peru.

He was the joint-top scorer in the 2005 Gold Cup (3 goals), the same year he was named MVP. Tejada has appeared in five Gold Cups (2005. 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015), four World Cup Qualifying cycles (2006. 2010, 2014, 2018) and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.