Men's soccer: Bulls' Sweat drafted by Crew
Defender Ben Sweat became USF's sixth Major League Soccer first-round pick Thursday when the Columbus Crew chose him with the 14th overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia.
A 2010 Palm Harbor University graduate and twice a Times Pinellas County Player of the Year, Sweat got the call while at his parents' Palm Harbor home.
"Beyond happy," he said in a text message to the Times.
Only four Bulls players have been drafted higher than Sweat, a left-side back called frequently by Coach George Kiefer to play on the ball. Sweat collected 14 career points for the Bulls, who notched 31 shutouts during his four seasons.
He was among several-dozen Division I seniors to attend the recent MLS combine in Fort Lauderdale. The Crew were among roughly 10 clubs with whom he informally interviewed.
"I was really impressed with their coaches and what they said," said Sweat, USF's all-time leader in games played (78). "So I'm very happy."