A 6-foot-2, 175 pound defender, Sweat was the University of South Florida’s all-time leader in appearances with 78 in his four-year college career. During his freshmen season, he helped anchor a back line that posted 10 shutouts. Following a two-goal season as a sophomore (2012), he was second on the team in assists in 2011, recording a career-high five helpers while also helping lead the Bulls’ defense to seven shutouts. During his final season, the Palm Harbor, Fla. Native started all 21 games and helped lead the defense to eight shutouts en route to being named first team All-America Conference.
YOUTH AND CLUB EXPERIENCE
Sweat played for Palm Harbor University High School where he was named a two-time Pinellas County Player of the Year (2009-2010) by the St. Petersberg Times. He was a first team All-County and was a member of the All-Pinellas County Athletic Conference first team in his junior and senior seasons. During his final two years of high school, his team was crowned 2009 Florida State 5A champion and was the 6A state runner-up in 2010. Sweat captained the Clearwater Chargers U-18 Academy Team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Sweat was also a member of the Columbus Crew Juniors Super-20 side that took home the 2011 National Title alongside Homegrown Players Chad Barson, Ben Speas, Matt Walker and Ross Friedman. In 2013, Sweat played with Premier Development League side Reading United in 2013 and recorded one goal and two assists in eight games. Additionally, Sweat played every minute of Reading United’s run to the Third Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Sweat was selected in the First Round (14th overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, and will compete for a roster spot during the 2014 preseason.
Name: Ben Sweat Position: Defender Height: 6'2" Weight: 175 Born: September 4, 1991 in Palm Harbor, Fla. Hometown: Palm Harbor, Fla. Citizenship: United States Acquired: Selected in the First Round (14th overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, and will compete for a roster spot during the 2014 preseason Previous Experience: University of South Florida (2010-2013)