It’s every American soccer player’s dream: represent your country internationally against the world’s best. For Ben Sweat, that dream is now a reality.
In the 75th minute of the USMNT’s friendly against Colombia, Sweat entered the game in place of Antonee Robinson and logged his first ever cap with the United States national team.
Fellow New York City FC defender Sebastien Ibeagha’s reaction pretty much defines what we all feel.
My guy @22BenSweat!!!!!!! First cap #sweatinho #canyo pic.twitter.com/A1FBun1KPz— Sebastien Ibeagha (@_sebibeagha_) October 12, 2018
For Sweat, this experience definitely brought him full circle. The international contest — which ended as a 4-2 win in favor of Colombia — took place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida; the same place where Sweat played while with the University of South Florida from 2010 to 2013. As a matter of fact, the NYCFC left back is acknowledged on the inner walls of the stadium, next to other former South Florida Bulls who have since become pro footballers like Dom Dwyer.
Full circle... ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Inp4c4Z2y1— New York City FC (@NYCFC) October 12, 2018
Ben, you’ve earned this! Congratulations!