Ben Sweat

Ben Sweat (born September 4, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

Ben Sweat
Ben Sweat, New York City FC
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Sweat
Date of birth (1991-09-04) September 4, 1991
Place of birth Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Inter Miami
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 South Florida Bulls 78 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 VSI Tampa Flames 13 (0)
2013 Reading United 8 (1)
2014 Columbus Crew 0 (0)
2014Dayton Dutch Lions (loan) 7 (0)
2015–2016 Tampa Bay Rowdies 33 (0)
2017–2019 New York City FC 72 (1)
2020– Inter Miami 0 (0)
National team
2018– United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 11, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 16, 2018

Career

Youth and college

Sweat played soccer at Palm Harbor University High School and then went on to play college soccer at the University of South Florida between 2010 and 2013. Sweat still holds the record for most appearances in matches at South Florida.[1] While at college, Sweat also appeared for USL PDL clubs VSI Tampa Bay and Reading United AC.[2]

Professional

Sweat has earned experience while training with Swedish top flight club Djurgårdens IF Fotboll (2012 & 2013 summer). He also spent a summer in Czech Republic with SK Sigma Olomouc (2013 summer).

On January 16, 2014 Sweat was drafted in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew.[3]

Sweat was loaned out to Columbus Crew's USL Pro affiliate club Dayton Dutch Lions in May 2014 for a few matches. Sweat was given his first professional start on June 25, 2014 in the 5th round of the US Open Cup against Chicago Fire. He also played a half against English Premier league side Crystal Palace F.C. on July 23, 2014.[4]

After being with the first team inconsistently, Columbus Crew SC announced on February 9, 2015 that they had waived Sweat.

After being waived by Columbus, Sweat signed with NASL club Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 2, 2015.[5] He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Tampa Bay, making 33 regular season appearances for the club before leaving at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Sweat trialed with New York City FC during their 2017 pre-season, and was signed by the club on February 23, 2017.[6]

He signed a multi-year contract extension with New York City FC at the end of the 2017 season.

On November 19, 2019, Sweat was selected by Inter Miami in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft.[7]

International

Sweat was called up for the USMNT for the first time in October 2018. He played in 2 games, against Colombia and Peru.

Career statistics

As of November 11, 2018[8][9]
Club Season League Playoffs[lower-alpha 1] Cup Continental Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
VSI Tampa Flames 2012 PDL 130130
Reading United 2013 PDL 812030131
Columbus Crew 2014 MLS 00001010
Dayton Dutch Lions (loan) 2014 USL Pro 700070
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2015 NASL 26010270
2016 702090
Total 330003000360
New York City FC 2017 MLS 2612010291
2018 2803010320
Total 541502000611
Career total 11527090001312
  1. Appearances in the PDL Playoffs and MLS Cup Playoffs

References

  1. "Ben Sweat Player Profile". University of South Florida. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  2. "Benjamin Sweat Stats". soccerstats.us. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  3. King, Andrew (January 19, 2014). "Columbus Crew confident that No. 14 overall pick Ben Sweat will be a "quality guy for years to come"". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  4. Schwepfinger, Ryan (May 15, 2014). "Ben Sweat recalled from Dayton". columbuscrewsc.com. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  5. "ROWDIES SIGN USF AND CHARGERS SC ALUM BEN SWEAT". Rowdies Soccer. March 2, 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2015.
  6. Booth, Mark (February 23, 2017). "Ben Sweat Signs for NYCFC". nycfc.com. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  7. "2019 Expansion Draft results: Inter Miami, Nashville SC make their picks". Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  8. Ben Sweat at Soccerway
  9. Ben Sweat at Major League Soccer


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