Ben Sweat

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Ben Sweat
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Sweat
Date of birth (1991-09-04) September 4, 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
New York City
Number 2
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)
2014 Dayton Dutch Lions (loan) 7 (0)
2015–2016 Tampa Bay Rowdies 33 (0)
2017– New York City 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:43, 29 October 2017 (UTC).

Ben Sweat (born September 4, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.


Youth and College[edit]

Sweat played 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]


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. He later signed with NASL club Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 2, 2015.[5]

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


  1. ^ "Ben Sweat Player Profile". University of South Florida. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Benjamin Sweat Stats". Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  3. ^ King, Andrew (19 January 2014). "Columbus Crew confident that No. 14 overall pick Ben Sweat will be a "quality guy for years to come"". Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Schwepfinger, Ryan (15 May 2014). "Ben Sweat recalled from Dayton". Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "ROWDIES SIGN USF AND CHARGERS SC ALUM BEN SWEAT". Rowdies Soccer. 2 March 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Booth, Mark (23 February 2017). "Ben Sweat Signs for NYCFC". Retrieved 19 May 2017. 

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