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Ben Sweat Taken First Overall In Expansion Draft

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The left back returns home to Florida as he is selected by Inter Miami

New York City FC Vs Atlanta United Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Ben Sweat’s time as a New York City FC player has come to an end.

The 28-year-old Florida native left back was selected first overall by Inter Miami in today’s Expansion Draft. Sweat — who was drafted 14th overall in the 2014 MLS superdraft by the Columbus Crew — took in a loan spell with the Daytona Dutch Lions before being waived by Columbus upon his return. He spent time in the NASL with the Tampa Bay Rowdies before taking a trial with the Boys in Blue before the 2017 season.

Sweat, who has two caps with the USMNT, signed a multi-year contract with NYCFC after the 2017 season. The 6’2” left back provided strong defensive effort and help on the attacking front for City for three seasons. Having been picked first overall for a Miami team looking to build a defense after focusing heavily on securing attackers as they prepare for their first season, Sweat should cover the left flank well throughout Miami’s inaugural campaign.

Best of luck, Ben!