New York City Football Club defender Ben Sweat has been called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time.
Sweat received the call for upcoming friendlies vs. Colombia and Peru on October 11 and October 16 respectively.
Sweat told NYCFC.com, “I’m still a little shaken from it, it’s something that every player works their entire career for. I’ve had little hints here and there since joining New York but to finally get the call, it took my breath away and I’m emotional about it because I’ve worked so hard to get where I am now.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason – I think I was meant to come to New York and I got the opportunity to play and be successful in my first year and now into my second season and now this. I’m beyond honored and blessed to have this opportunity.
“It’s a big compliment and now I hope I can represent the U.S. crest like I’ve represented the NYCFC crest.”
Sweat joined City in February 2017, following a successful preseason trial and has made 57 appearances for the Club over the past two seasons across all competitions, scoring one goal and tallying seven assists.
The Florida native will return to his home state for training ahead of the Colombia friendly which will take place at the Raymond James Stadium, just 20 minutes away from Ben’s hometown.
Sweat continued, “I’ll have a lot of friends and a lot of family there – it’s going to be pretty amazing. And the game in Hartford is not too far from New York, so my wife will be able to come. It’s really special – I’m so excited.”
USMNT Match Schedule:
10/11: Vs. Colombia – Tampa, FL
10/16: Vs. Peru – East Hartford, CT