Getting to know Bowen

The Goats' new striker shares his thoughts on the trade

Tristan Bowen

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On a Wednesday that was full of news from around Major League Soccer, one move that might have flown under the radar was Chivas USA’s acquisition of forward Tristan Bowen in a trade with the LA Galaxy. The 19-year-old striker from Los Angeles, who has experience with both the United States U-18 and U-20 National Teams, joins the Red-and-White after two seasons with the Galaxy.

Bowen, who was the Galaxy’s first ever Homegrown Player, will now switch locker rooms in The Home Depot Center, joining his former club’s archrival. While many players have made the switch before, it is an interesting transition to make for each and every one. A thoughtful and excited Bowen spoke to cdchivasusa.com on Wednesday about his thoughts on changing sides in the Super Clásico rivalry.

cdchivasusa.com: How did you hear that you’d be switching teams, and what are your initial thoughts on making the change?

Tristan Bowen: I was a bit surprised. I spoke with my agent, Rich Motzkin, a couple days prior, and he mentioned that Chivas was interested and there was a possibility that I might move to the other side of the hallway. I found out this morning, and I’m definitely excited to start, and I get to re-establish myself as a player with a new team. So I’m definitely excited going in, looking to 2011 and seeing how I can hopefully contribute to the team.

cdchivasusa.com: Of any trade, would this be the easiest to cope with, especially being from Los Angeles?

TB: It’s definitely a plus being home, so I’m excited about that.

cdchivasusa.com: What do you think it’ll be like to switch locker rooms?

TB: I think it’ll be a little weird. Going into the locker room, I think it’s a right instead of going straight now, so it’s just a little bit of things to get used to. But outside of that, it’s the nature of the beast. People get traded all the time.

cdchivasusa.com: And how will it be to face the Galaxy on the field next year?

TB: I think the first game against LA will obviously be a bit emotional, but at the same time, it’s still a game nonetheless, and I’m looking to get a result with my new team.

cdchivasusa.com: What are your personal goals for the 2011 season?

TB: I would say to build upon last season. I definitely think I can come in and contribute to the team, and I’m looking to establish myself as a starter. Just to get better as a player, that’s the main goal: just to get better.