Ben Sweat played 81 times over three seasons with NYCFC. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

New York City FC defender Ben Sweat was selected by Inter Miami CF in the first round of the Major League Soccer expansion draft Tuesday.

Sweat joined NYCFC in 2017 and made 81 appearances across all competitions. The Florida native scored one goal and added nine assists in his NYCFC tenure.

NYCFC will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money for having a player selected in the expansion draft, as per MLS league rules.

“Everyone at NYCFC would like to thank Ben for his time at the club and wishes him well at Inter Miami FC,” an NYCFC press release stated.

The 6-2, 175-lb. Sweat made two U.S. men’s national team appearances in 2018, appearing against Colombia and Peru.

He also has played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies (North American Soccer League), the Dayton Dutch Lions (USL Championship), Columbus Crew SC (MLS), Reading United and VSI Tampa Bay FC (both USL League Two).

Sweat played NCAA Division I soccer at the University of South Florida. In four years, Sweat performed in a school-record 78 games. As a senior he was named All-AAC First Team.

Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC were allowed select up to five players each from the eligible pool to help fill out their rosters ahead of their inaugural MLS seasons in 2020.

Clubs were allowed to protect 12 players between their senior, supplemental and reserve rosters. Generation adidas, and Homegrown Players ages 25 and under were automatically protected.

City will announce its 2020 roster options later this week. The deadline for MLS clubs to notify the league o Thursday at 1 p.m.