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 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.”
Everyone at New York City FC would like to congratulate Ben on his first senior international recognition.
USMNT Match Schedule
10/11: Vs. Colombia – Tampa, FL
10/16: Vs. Peru – East Hartford, CT
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New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer team based in New York City that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the Eastern Conference of the league. It was announced as the League’s 20th franchise on May 21st, 2013 and is the first and only MLS Club located within the five boroughs of New York City. Majority owned by City Football Group (CFG), New York City FC plays its home games at Yankee Stadium, which is also home to minority owner, the New York Yankees.
New York City FC kicked off its inaugural MLS season in March 2015 and has former US National Team captain Claudio Reyna as its Sporting Director and Domènec Torrent as its Head Coach. Torrent, former Head Coach of Girona FC and Assistant Coach at FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has most recently been Pep Guardiola’s right hand man at sister club Manchester City. In November 2016, construction began on New York City FC’s elite First Team training facility featuring one and a half grass fields, team offices and medical and welfare facilities. The facility was opened for the 2018 MLS season and officially named Etihad City Football Academy in New York. The third Academy built across the globe by CFG, the design was overseen by New York based architect Rafael Viñoly, who designed the training facilities for New York City FC’s sister Clubs Manchester City FC and Melbourne City FC
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