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August 27, 2012
Bowen impressing Chivas USA coach Fraser

CARSON, Calif.---Tristan Bowen returned from his season-long stint with Belgian team K.S.V. Roeselare ready to battle for a regular spot in the Chivas USA lineup. And if the last couple of games are any indication, he might get his wish.

Playing in his second MLS game of the season on Saturday night, Bowen was one of the few bright spots for the Goats in the 6-2 loss to the Seattle Sounders. After assisting on a goal in Chivas’s game against the Colorado Rapids last week, Bowen set up the only goal the Goats scored from the run of play on Saturday, providing the pass for Miller Bolanos’ 64th minute goal.

Bowen played only 29 minutes against Colorado, but that was enough to earn him a start on Saturday.

“Tristan was good. He had a good night -- very, very attack-minded, running at the defender all night long,” said Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser. “He had a good showing and it’s only the second game in a long time and he is going to get better week in and week out if he continues to play with that confidence.”

For Bowen, a native of Van Nuys who started his MLS career with the LA Galaxy, and also spent time with the Hollywood Hitmen and Miami Blues of the USL, the loan to second division Belgian side K.S.V. Roeselare could prove to be a turning point in his development.

“Tristan has matured a lot in the last year and his time away with the Belgium team,” said Fraser. “He has come back with a renewed vigor. He is a good story of someone who has worked well in the reserves games and as a result has gotten the opportunity with the first team. He obviously did well last week and he earned a start tonight and did well with it. He certainly was a bright spot tonight.”

With the solid pounding the Goats took at the hands of the Sounders, and especially Fredy Montero, who notched the first hat trick of his MLS career, Bowen sees some things that Chivas needs to work on.

“The team as a whole is moving forward in terms of offensive movement and being more aggressive, and I think everyone saw that today,” Bowen said following Saturday’s game. ”We just have to be sharper in front of the goal and have that killer instinct in and around the box. Defensively, as a unit we all need to work harder and make sure we don’t give away easy goals and keep ourselves in the game. We had a few moments in the game where we were down by maybe one and we let some easy goals in, so that killed us.”

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