Galaxy striker Bowen of Van Nuys traded to Chivas USA

The Galaxy concluded a busy day by trading promising young striker Tristan Bowen to their intrastadium rivals today in exchange for an unspecified amount of allocation money.

“Tristan is a talented, explosive player, and we’re excited to bring him to the club,” said Chivas USA Interim General Manager Jose Domene. “He’s has a lot of experience at this level for a player of his age. We look forward to helping him develop into a top player alongside many of the other young, local players we have on our roster.”

From the Galaxy press release:

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 and scoring two goals and two assists.

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Keep this in mind: This is the final year of David Beckham’s contract. Given that — and Tim Leiweke’s neurotic compulsion to win now, at any cost — Bruce Arena must feel an extraordinary amount of pressure to win MLS Cup in Beckham’s final season. Getting Hejduk makes no sense; not only does the Galaxy need a central defender but Hejduk is done. If Hejduk didn’t want to play in K.C., the Galaxy could have waited K.C. out, then try to sign Hejduk without giving up Sassano.

    If you see chaos with the Galaxy, then Leiweke is behind it. Just remember the fiasco that was the 2008 season. Don’t bet the farm on it; bet the entire state of Nebraska on it!

  • Studs Up

    Signing JPA makes even less sense than Hejduk if he’s intended as a long term “striking” partner for Buddle. Two stationary towers won’t win many games for you. If they get him relatively cheap as a backup/replacement for Buddle then I’m all for it. With Champion’s League play, US Open Cup play and Gold Cup call ups you do need a deeper experienced roster. I just think there’s gotta be a lot of younger and more dynamic players available for the near the DP level money the JP will ask for. We need a striker who can break down defenses one-on-one with the ball at his feet.

    Shedding Bowen keeps up the tradition of getting rid of young and talented players in the making. “Player Developement” is a joke in this organization.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Studs Up, you are absolutely correct!

  • Inigo Montoya

    I like Angel and I think he’ll help up top, but it’s a short-term fix. Small-ball: modest upside, modest downside.

    Tristan Bowen is a loss. He and Michael Stephens have great futures in the league, and it would have been great to watch them continue to develop together. They may not be of the same quality, but they’re both valuable (think Gonzales and DeLaGarza).

    Once the Beckham era ends, it would be nice to use the money to build a stable core of players that stay together for years and dominate the league. Instead it looks like we’ll keep bringing in old men at the ends of illustrious careers, short-termers who may or may not work out.

    The Hejduk thing just makes me sad. He’s a great person, once an essential element of the Crew cup wins and the US national team. Absolutely Hall of Fame, a guy who always left it all on the field, and his header off of Schelotto’s chip in the MLS Cup will be in highlight reels forever. There’s no need for LA to be the place where his career winds down. Even Berhalter has more left than Frankie.


    Well, I’m not sure why, but the Galaxy might not have given up on Ronaldhino:

    I thought JPA is coming in as a DP which would give the Galaxy 3 DP’s. Of course I think the official MLS rule is that a team can have as many DP’s as big name stars that the Galaxy can sign.

    Who knows who is going to be starting up top for the Galaxy next year. With a bunch of old forwards hanging around why would they trade away the star of the future?

    Hey Nick, did Bowen want out so he could win a starting position or was this the Galaxy trading away the future so they have the money to buy a championship next year?

  • I suspect the latter, although reporters spoke with Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena before the trigger was pulled on the trade.

    With Beckham in the last year of his contract and the likes of Buddle and Donovan not getting any younger, the future is now for the Galaxy.