My name is Tristan Bowen and I am 26 years young! I am a soccer player by profession but like many others, I am an aspiring difference maker.
Although I was born and raised in Los Angeles, my culture is deeply rooted in Jamaica, where my parents are from. My strong, smart, and beautiful mom, Sophia, raised my older brother Travis and me on her own after moving here from Kingston. So, Travis and I are first-generation Americans or as we like to call ourselves, Jamerican. In Jamaica, you can choose between two main sports: soccer and track & field. I chose soccer.
Growing up in L.A., the road to professional soccer was pretty systematic. But my road to the MLS, was anything but conventional. At 14 years old, I was given the opportunity to train for a summer in Brazil. This summer I decided to pursue soccer professionally and my family supported my decision.
In the beginning of 10th grade, when most of my teammates were adjusting back to life in high school, I decided to enroll in home schooling, which allowed me to dedicate myself full-time to soccer. When I turned 17 in 2008, I became the first homegrown player in MLS history to sign a professional contract.
Soccer is the gateway to so much more that I aspire to accomplish in life. Through sharing the lessons that I, and fellow professionals, have learned through soccer, I hope to inspire, educate, and help players achieve their dreams.