Ben Sweat has been called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time.
The NYCFC defender has 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 gone on to make 57 appearances for the Club in all competitions over the past two seasons, scoring one goal, 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.”
From there, the USMNT will travel up to Connecticut to take on Peru in East Hartford as preparations begin for 2019 and the continuation of the journey to 2022.
Everyone at New York City FC would like to congratulate Ben on his first senior international recognition.
DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)
DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 34/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 9/1), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 4/0), Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 0/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 54/0)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 19/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 140/17), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 12/4), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 2/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; 5/1)
FORWARDS (3): Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 3/1), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 41/12)
U.S. Match Schedule
10/11: Vs. Colombia - Tampa, FL
10/16: Vs. Peru - East Hartford, CT