Ben Sweat, the first overall pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft, was the tenth player signed to Inter Miami CF’s inaugural roster. The defender was selected from New York City FC where he spent three seasons.
Sweat is a 6-foot-2 left back who is capable both in and out of possession. His 175-pound frame allows him to impose his will on the defensive end, while his touch and passing have helped him produce in attack as well. Prior to joining Inter Miami, he tallied nine assists in MLS, including a career-best six assists in the 2017 season.
The defender is a veteran of the American soccer system, previously playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the NASL, the Dayton Dutch Lions in the USL Championship, Reading United in USL League Two and VSI Tampa Bay FC in USL League Two.
2022: Sporting Kansas City: Signed with Sporting as a free agent on Dec. 20, 2021, before the start of Sporting's 2021 preseason. MLS Regular Season: Started 18 of 20 appearances, tallying three assists (1526 minutes played). Debuted for the club on March 12 on the road at the Colorado Rapids. Assisted Remi Walter's goal in a 2-1 loss against Nashville SC on April 9. Picked up his second assist on Aug. 21 in a 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers. Assisted Agada again on Sept. 17 in another 4-1 win, this time over Minnesota United. Open Cup: Started in all four of Sporting's US Open Cup fixtures (371 minutes played). Played the full 120 minutes of Sporting's come-from-behind victory over FC Dallas in the Open Cup Round of 32.
Austin FC (2021):
Was traded to another MLS newcomer in Austin FC ahead of the 2021 regular season. He started the first two matches in club history last April before missing the remainder of the season through injury.
Inter Miami CF (2020):
Selected by Inter Miami CF with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft. Started 20 of 23 appearances in a shortened, 23-match regular season during their maiden MLS campaign. He recorded assists in rivalry wins over Orlando City SC on Aug. 22 and Atlanta United FC on Sept. 9.
New York City FC 2017-2019):
Made his jump to MLS following a successful trial with New York City FC in early 2017, beginning an excellent three-year stint at the club. He was a breakout performer in his first season, tallying a goal and ranking third on the team with six assists while starting in 25 of 26 regular season appearances as the Blues finished second in the Supporters’ Shield table. Sweat also played in every minute of both NYCFC playoff matches against Columbus, including a 2-0 second-leg victory at Yankee Stadium.
Remained a consistent presence along NYCFC’s backline, starting 24 of 28 regular season appearances and starting in all three playoff matches, with NYCFC ousting the Philadelphia Union in the Knockout Round before falling to eventual champions Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Ended his tenure at NYCFC in 2019, starting 15 of 20 games in all competitions while helping the club reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the third straight year.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (2015-2016):
Signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and played in 38 matches across all competitions in his two seasons with the Florida-based club.
Columbus Crew (2014):
Began his professional journey as a 2014 MLS SuperDraft first-round selection, joining the Columbus Crew and spending most of his rookie campaign on loan with second-division side Dayton Dutch Lions. (Dayton Dutch Lions): He made seven appearances for Dayton in his first professional season.
INTERNATIONAL (2 Caps):
Sweat made two U.S. Men’s National Team appearances in 2018, appearing against Colombia and Peru.
The Florida native played NCAA Division I soccer at the University of South Florida. In four years at the school, Sweat played in a school-record 78 games. As a senior, he was named All-AAC First Team.