HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on a free by New York City FC on February 23, 2017.
Playing mostly at left back, Sweat made a huge impact for NYCFC in his first season as he went on to make 25 starts after an injury to Ronald Matarrita. He’s comfortable on the ball, aggressive when defending, and earned valuable experience in 2017 that should help him contribute to the depth of NYCFC's backline.
OUTSIDE MLS: The Floridian went on loan to The Crew’s USL affiliate club Dayton Dutch Lions and then signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies in March 2015. Ben represented The Rowdies on 33 occasions across two seasons
COLLEGE: 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.
NOTES: No. 14 pick in 2014 SuperDraft.