HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on a free by New York City FC on February 23, 2017.
Sweat gives NYCFC more depth at the back. He can play as a left-back or as a left-sided center back. Sweat is a good option if NYCFC want to play three at the back as he can play on the left-hand side or as one of the three. He’s really comfortable on the ball and he’s very aggressive when he’s defending.
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.