CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, December 15, 2010) – The LA Galaxy announced today that the club has traded forward Tristan Bowen to Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money. Additionally, if Bowen is transferred outside of MLS, the Galaxy and Chivas USA would split all club revenue from transfer fees evenly.
Bowen, 19, became the club’s first-ever player to graduate from the LA Galaxy Youth Academy to the first team when he signed a professional contract on November 12, 2008. Officially added to the club’s roster ahead of the 2009 season as a Generation adidas player, he made his MLS debut on June 20, 2009 at San Jose while also making loan stops with Hollywood United of the PDL and Miami FC of the USL First Division.
In 2010, Bowen played in 17 regular season games for the Galaxy, making 10 starts, while also playing in both of the club’s CONCACAF Champions League games, the U.S. Open Cup Third Round win over AC St. Louis and the 2-1 win over Seattle in the second leg of their Western Conference Semifinal Series. Bowen had two goals and two assists in the regular season while also adding a goal in the friendly win over Boca Juniors. He collected an assist in his first career start on May 20 in a 1-0 win at FC Dallas and then scored his first league goal nine days later in a 2-0 win at Columbus.
In addition to his time with the Galaxy, Bowen has also played for the U.S. Under-18 and Under-20 National Teams, most recently playing for the U-20’s at the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga.