New York City FC signs defender Ben Sweat

Casey Sapio
The former Columbus Crew draft pick spent the past two seasons in NASL but has been given a chance to return to Major League Soccer.

New York City FC has signed former Columbus Crew draft pick Ben Sweat.

Red Bulls squander first-leg chance

The 25-year-old defender was a first-round pick in 2014 but played the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the NASL before spending the preseason on trial with NYCFC. 

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“Ben gives us more depth at the back. He can play as a left-back or as a left-sided center back,” NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said in news release Thursday. “To have Ben in the squad also gives me a good option if we want to play three at the back as he can play on the left-hand side or as one of the three."

Sweat is a University of South Florida product.