Ben Sweat (born September 4, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for New York City in Major League Soccer.
Youth and college
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. While at college, Sweat also appeared for USL PDL clubs VSI Tampa Bay and Reading United AC.
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.
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.
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. 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 during their 2017 pre-season, and was signed by the club on February 23, 2017.
He signed a multi-year contract extension with New York City at the end of the 2017 season.
Sweat was called up for the USMNT for the first time in October 2018. He played in 2 games, against Colombia and Peru.