Sporting Kansas City have signed defender Ben Sweat to a two-year contract through 2023 with a club option for 2024.
Sweat spent the previous two seasons on first-year MLS expansion sides, playing for Inter Miami in 2020 and Austin FC in 2021. He was the first overall pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft for Inter Miami, and was traded to Austin FC prior to 2021, playing in just two matches last season due to injury.
Previously, Sweat had stints at NYCFC and Columbus Crew. He was drafted by the Crew in the first round of the 2014 SuperDraft following an all-conference career at the University of South Florida, playing for the Dayton Dutch Lions of USL Pro and Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL prior to making his MLS debut in 2017.
In 2018, Sweat made his United States Men’s National Team debut, earning caps in friendlies against Columbia and Peru in October. He played the full 90 in the 1-1 draw with Peru.
The 30-year-old Floridian has started in 89 of his 102 career MLS appearances, and is the first addition of the offseason for SKC.
Now officially a member of Sporting KC, the defender is ready to compete for one of the most competitive clubs in MLS.
“I’m very excited to be joining Sporting KC,” Sweat said in a statement. “This is a winning club and organization that is a top team in the League every year. I want to come to Kansas City, work my hardest for the fans and put some silver on my shelves.”
SKC were eliminated from the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference Semifinals following a 2-1 home defeat against rivals Real Salt Lake, thanks to a goal in stoppage time from RSL’s Bobby Wood.
Sporting KC begins its 2022 campaign February 27th, 2022, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta against Atlanta United.