Monday, October 6, 2008
Bringing in Bowen
So Tristan Bowen, who was the first player the Galaxy signed to their youth development program, could be the first player from that program to advance to the senior team. Officially, he has not signed with the team yet, but a lot of signs point in that direction. It's likely all over but the official confirmation.
The number one evidence, in my view, is that Tristan has been training with the senior team for some time (and looking better than some who are already on the team, by the way). The funny thing - or not so funny depending on your point of view - is that just by being a defacto Galaxy member as part of Galaxy Rios since early 2007, Tristan has more seniority representing LA than most of the actual current players, including Becks. The future of MLS and the individual teams really rests on cases like these, where players are able to come up through the ranks and contribute to their local clubs.
Tris looks much younger in this pic with Cobi (taken in early 2007) than he does now. He's taller, bigger, stronger. Jozy-lite.
Becks was indirectly responsible for the Galaxy signing Tristan. The young scamp ignored the age requirement when the Galaxy held open tryouts for the team following the Beckham signing announcement. Despite the fact that due to the Becks publicity, hundreds came out for a crazy week of tryouts, Tristan made it through to the finals, but had to confess when the Galaxy wanted more documentation to look seriously at adding him to the squad. He became the foundation of their youth team instead.