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April 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Sounders FC’s Tristan Bowen: ‘I understand my chance will come.’

Even if not active for the first team, Sounders FC’s Tristan Bowen had an eventful weekend in his hometown of Los Angeles. The newcomer got to meet up with his family, including big brother Travis, a former Sounders trialist playing with the Galaxy’s USL PRO team; the two shared a big hug in the tunnel of StubHub Center Saturday.

Bowen then started for Seattle in a reserve game Sunday, scoring a brilliant goal in a 3-2 win against Chivas USA. Reporters got a chance to speak with the 23 year old after Monday’s practice, and here is a transcript:

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(You got to see your brother in the tunnel and some familiar faces back at Chivas. What was the trip like for you?) “It was really nice going home and getting to see my family and some old friends, some old teammates, just catching up and reminiscing on old times, and enjoying the L.A. weather, and the team doing well, so it was really good. It was refreshing for me.”

(Nice to get a goal, too, in the reserve game?) “Yeah, yeah. Definitely. It was nice getting a goal. It was nice playing, first and foremost, and just getting a run-out with the guys in our first competitive game with the reserves. I thought it was a positive one, and definitely to get a goal was good. It feels a little bit special when you do it against your old team, so it was nice, but definitely didn’t want to celebrate too much. It was good, though.”

(It was a great goal. How did you see it playing out?) “It was interesting. I think I brought in down in the corner, cut one guy in and I saw another defender and just brought it toward the end line and put it the only place it could really go. Fortunately, it went in.”

(Has this been a frustrating start to the season for you?) “Yeah, I guess you can say it’s frustrating, dealing with injuries and coming from a place where I played the majority of the games. Then (you come) to a place where there is a lot of competition for spots, and a lot of good players, but it’s certainly something that I’ve dealt with in the past with the Galaxy. I think I’m a bit more mature this time around. I understand my chance will come and the most important thing is to keep working hard to make sure when Sigi does call my number that I’m ready to get in and contribute and make sure that he’s sees I’m an asset to the team.”

(Are you 100-percent fit?) “I’m getting there. I’m getting there. I’m able to get through 90 but not as sharp as I’d like to be. I’m doing the extra work on the side to try and get some things back and keep working to develop as a player.”

(Are you amazed at the depth of talent this reserve team showed Sunday?) “This is probably one of the deepest teams I’ve ever been a part of, including the Galaxy. … There are a lot of quality players and a lot of guys that I think can step into the first team and get the job done. It’s not easy. There is a lot of competition, a lot of good players, but that’s what you want as a player. You want to be pushed. You want to make sure that you’re earning your spot and it’s not just given to you.”

(The reserve league wasn’t around a few years ago. How useful do you find it?) “Yeah, it’s definitely useful. I think my first year and a half, we didn’t have the reserve league. Definitely having it back around this time is really good. I think it’s definitely a stepping stone for guys who are on the fringe or aren’t really that close, and they just need games, games at a competitive level against other players in similar situations on other teams. It’s competitive and I think until we get maybe a USL team or something like that, it’s something that’s very beneficial for players on the fringe.”

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