TAMPA, JAN. 16, 2014 – USF men’s soccer senior standout Ben Sweat was selected as the No. 14 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft Thursday afternoon by the Columbus Crew.
The draft was held in Philadelphia and shown live on ESPN News and WatchESPN.com.
Sweat was a mainstay in the Bulls’ back line over the past four years, only missing one game in his entire career. He also set the USF all-time record for games played, finishing with 78 for his career.
The Palm Harbor, Fla., native was an All-American Athletic Conference First Team member in 2013 and posted 14 career points as a member of the Bulls. Sweat also helped the USF back four register 31 shutouts during his time with the Green and Gold.
Sweat is the sixth Bull to be drafted in the first round of the MLS Draft and 21st to sign with an MLS club overall. He joins Brenton Griffiths (2013), Ashani Fairclough (2013), Aubrey Perry (2012) and Javed Mohammed (2011) as the fifth USF defender to sign with an MLS club in the past three years.
The only USF players to be drafted higher than Sweat include: Mark Chung (No. 6 in 1996), Mike Mekelburg (No. 8 in 1997), Jeff Cunningham (No. 9 in 1998) and Anthony Wallace (No. 9 in 2007).
Learn more about Sweat and his career with USF by visiting GoUSFBulls.com.
SOURCE: USF Athletics