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January 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Sounders confirm signing of Tristan Bowen

Bowen_TristanIn a move that hasn’t been a secret for a few days, Sounders FC has signed forward Tristan Bowen.

The 22-year-old Bowen, of course, tweeted Friday that he had officially joined the team. Seattle had acquired his rights last month, along with the No. 2 spot in the allocation order, in a trade with Chivas USA.

“Tristan is a young player who has good experience in this league,” said coach Sigi Schmid in a news release. “He is very athletic and brings flexibility to our club. Tristan has the ability to play multiple positions.”

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, per MLS and team policy, but expect it to be less than the $156,363.63 made last season.

Bowen is the first of his family under contract but won’t be the first in camp; his older brother, Travis, was one of the final cuts of the 2013 preseason.

Here is some bio information from the news release:

Bowen, 22, established a career high with 22 appearances and 15 starts for Chivas USA in 2013, scoring two goals with two assists. He made eight appearances in his first two seasons with Chivas USA, recording two assists. Bowen spent his first two professional seasons with the LA Galaxy where he made 18 appearances and 10 starts, including two goals and two assists in 2010.

A native of Los Angeles, Bowen was the first player to come out of the LA Galaxy youth academy system to sign with the first team on November 12, 2008. Bowen also played for the U.S. Under-18 and Under-20 National Teams.

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