The New England Revolution have selected former Los Angeles Galaxy academy and senior player Tristan Bowen in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft this afternoon according to the team:
The #NERevs selected forward Tristan Bowen (formerly of Seattle, Chivas USA and LA Galaxy) in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft.— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) December 18, 2014
Bowen, 23, played for the Seattle Sounders last season, making only two substitute appearances in July for a combined 60 minutes of playing time. The Sounders acquired Bowen from Chivas USA last December for midfielder Mauro Rosales and swapping allocation picks.
Bowen has made 50 appearances all-time in MLS competition, including 28 starts, compiling four goals and six assists during his time with the two LA teams. Capable of playing out wide and up top, the Revs are clearing looking to bolster their depth up front after the loss of attackers Patrick Mullins and Tony Taylor to New York City FC during the Expansion Draft.
Bowen will likely provide competition to Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez in the starting left midfield role that also saw left back Chris Tierney see time at during the Revs playoff run. With Teal Bunbury also yet to be re-signed by the club despite interest and protecting Bunbury in the Expansion Draft, Bowen provides at the very least a versatile weapon even off the bench for Jay Heaps' side.
Grudgingly, we have to give credit to our own Corey Major, who called this one earlier today in our predictions post. The Revolution could have also been looking for a defender with defender A.J. Soares likely heading for Europe but just picking up Bowen looks like a positive move from the defending Eastern Conference champs.