Tristan Bowen

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Tristan Bowen
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Bowen with the Galaxy in August 2010
Personal information
Full name Tristan Bowen
Date of birth (1991-01-30) January 30, 1991 (age 30)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
2007–2008 LA Galaxy
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007 San Fernando Valley Quakes 5 (0)
2009–2010 LA Galaxy 18 (2)
2009Hollywood United Hitmen (loan) 1 (1)
2009Miami FC (loan) 3 (0)
2011–2013 Chivas USA 30 (2)
2011–2012Roeselare (loan) 24 (3)
2014 Seattle Sounders FC 2 (0)
2015 KuPS 12 (2)
2016 AFC United 16 (3)
2020 Oakland Roots 0 (0)
National team
2008 United States U18 2 (0)
2010 United States U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of February 5, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 27, 2012

Tristan Bowen (born January 30, 1991) is an American professional soccer player. Bowen was the first ever homegrown player in MLS history.

Contents

Career

Youth

Bowen, who was homeschooled, forwent college although he was offered a scholarship to UCLA, and joined LA Galaxy's youth academy, Galaxy Rios, on March 15, 2007. [1]

Bowen played for Galaxy Rios at the 2008 SUM U-17 Cup, and later helped the team win the Pacific Southern California Division of the USL Super-20 League.

Professional

Bowen played several games with Galaxy's reserves in the MLS Reserve Division towards the end of the 2008 season, and was formally signed by the senior LA Galaxy team on November 12, 2008, making him the first player in MLS history to be signed directly from his club's Youth Academy. [2] He played during Galaxy's pre-season tour of Oceania in February 2009, and made his professional debut on April 7, 2009, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Colorado Rapids. [3] He made his MLS debut on June 20, 2009, in a game against San Jose Earthquakes. [4]

With the MLS Reserve Division having been scrapped at the end of 2008, Galaxy also loaned Bowen to the Hollywood United Hitmen of the USL Premier Development League and to Miami FC of the USL First Division for part of the 2009 season, to maintain his match fitness levels. [5]

Bowen was traded to city rivals Chivas USA on December 15, 2010 in exchange for allocation money and a split of any future foreign transfer fee received for the player. [6]

On August 26, 2011, Chivas USA announced that Bowen had been loaned out to K.S.V. Roeselare of the Belgian Second Division. [7] Bowen returned from his loan stint on May 17, 2012. [8]

Bowen was traded to Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for Mauro Rosales on December 11, 2013. [9]

The Sounders and Bowen part ways at the conclusion of the 2014 season. In December 2014, Bowen entered the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft and was selected in stage two by New England Revolution. [10] He did not agree to terms with New England.

In August 2015, Bowen signed with KuPS in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. [11]

In February 2016, Bowen signed with AFC United in Sweden. He helped the club win promotion to Allesvenska, Sweden's first division.

In January 2020, Bowen came out of a three-year retirement and signed with Oakland Roots SC ahead of the team's spring season in the National Independent Soccer Association. [12]

International

Bowen has played for the United States U-18 and U-20 national teams, including three games in November 2008, during which he played friendly games against Spanish La Liga teams Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. He is eligible to represent Jamaica through parentage.

A Pro's Life Podcast

In 2017, Bowen began A Pro's Life Podcast which consists of interviews with other Professional Soccer Players, Coaches, and Agents along with a segment called A Pro's Tip which are tips from Bowen himself. The mission of the Podcast is to help young soccer players worldwide know what it takes to become a Pro Soccer Player. Each interview includes the background of the player being interviewed, where they come from and how they began to play soccer along with their journey up until the point of their interview. The players give in depth information about their respective journeys as well as what their ambitions are for the future. Mix that in with a couple personal questions and the listeners realize they aren't that much different from the Players. Listeners of the Podcast are affectionately acknowledged by Bowen as "Pro Nation".

Honors

LA Galaxy

Seattle Sounders

AFC Eskilstuna

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References

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  2. Galaxy sign 17-year-old Tristan Bowen Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine
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  8. Adam Serrano (2012-05-17). "Bowen returns to Chivas USA from loan stint in Belgium". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  9. http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2013/12/11/seattle-sounders-trade-mauro-rosales-chivas-usa-rights-tristan-bowen-swap-allocation [ bare URL ]
  10. "San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo each grab two players in Stage 2 of Re-Entry Draft". MLSsoccer.com.
  11. "Tristan Bowen signs with KuPS of Kuopio".
  12. "Oakland Roots Sign MLS Veteran Forward Tristan Bowen". oaklandrootssc.com. Oakland Roots SC. Retrieved 8 January 2020.