"Tristan is a young player who has good experience in this league," Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid said in a team release. "He is very athletic and brings flexibility to our club. Tristan has the ability to play multiple positions."
The signing effectively completes the offseason trade of Mauro Rosales, in which the Sounders also acquired the No. 2 spot in the Allocation Order. Rumors have also surfaced that the Sounders are targeting Marco Pappa with that Allocation Order position.
Bowen effectively gives the Sounders a true attacking wide player, something that appears to be lacking on the current roster. The 23-year-old has effectively split time during his MLS career at wide positions and at forward, scoring four goals and registering six assists in 2,360 minutes with the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.
Bowen, who was the league's first official HomeGrown Player signing, has long showed promise but has yet to capitalized on it over a full season. As such, the Sounders are almost certainly looking at him as more of a depth player.