Greg Ranjitsingh

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Greg Ranjitsingh
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Ranjitsingh with Louisville City FC in 2017
Personal information
Full name Gregory Nicholas Ranjitsingh[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Orlando City
Number 18
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Mercer Bears 81 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Louisville City 78 (0)
2019– Orlando City 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2019

Gregory Nicholas Ranjitsingh (born 18 July 1993) is a football player who plays as a goalkeeper for Orlando City in MLS.

Ranjitsingh spent four years with Mercer University before joining Louisville City in March 2015. In August 2016, he became the first Louisville player to be called up for international play after the Trinidad and Tobago national team selected him for 2018 World Cup qualification.

Early life[edit]

Personal[edit]

Ranjitsigh was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada; a suburb of Toronto. His parents are of Caribbean descent, and he would make yearly trips to his father's home country Trinidad and Tobago.[2]

College and youth[edit]

Ranjitsingh played four years of college soccer at Mercer University between 2011 and 2014. During his Freshman year he was named the starting goalkeeper and made the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team.[3] By the end of his senior year, he had become one of the top college goalkeepers in the nation, ranking 3rd nationally in total saves and 9th in save percentage.[4] He also earned the Southern Conference's goalkeeper of the year award and was named to the All-Conference team. During his time at Mercer he played 81 matches with 363 saves and 27 clean sheets. He is Mercer's career leader in both GAA and clean sheets.[5]

Club career[edit]

Ranjitsingh playing for Louisville City in 2017

Louisville City FC[edit]

On 26 March 2015, Ranjitsingh signed with United Soccer League club Louisville City FC[5] and he made his debut on 20 May in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Lansing United. He served the season as the backup to first-choice keeper, Scotty Goodwin, and played in only one regular season match; a 2–0 loss to the Charleston Battery.[6]

At the beginning of the 2016 season, Ranjitsingh was again the backup to Scott Goodwin. On 27 April, he entered the match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 75th minute after Goodwin was sent off.[7] He started all matches while Goodwin was suspended and was named the primary goalkeeper when Goodwin announced that he was to retire to attend Harvard Medical School.[8] Ranjitsingh would play in 24 of Louisville's 30 regular season matches with 11 clean sheets, including his first 5 starts. He was also the starting goalkeeper for all three of Louisville's USL Cup playoff matches with two clean sheets.[6] During the Eastern Conference Finals match against New York Red Bulls II, Ranjitsingh was injured in the 51st minute while Louisville lead 1–0. He was replaced by Tim Dobrowolski, and New York ultimately won the match in penalties.[9]

Ranjitsingh renewed his contract with Louisville City FC and remained their first-choice keeper for the 2017 season.[10] He made his season debut on 25 March against Saint Louis FC, but had to be replaced just before halftime as he suffered a hip flexor injury.[11] He'd go on to miss several weeks and would not return until Louisville's June 3 match against the Charleston Battery where he conceded 4 goals. He would go on to play in 25 of Louisville's 32 regular season matches achieving 11 clean sheets.[6] He played in all four of Louisville's USL Cup matches with three clean sheets. Louisville City would again play the New York Red Bulls II in the Eastern Conference Finals. Louisville would win the match in penalties with Ranjitsingh saving two penalties in the shootout. He also won the award for Fans' Choice Save of the Playoffs for his extra-time save against New York Red Bulls II in the Eastern Conference Final of the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs. Ranjitsingh and Louisville would go on to win the USL Cup Final against Swope Park.[12]

Ranjitsingh taking a goal kick in 2018

Ranjitsingh continued as Louisville's starting goalkeeper into 2018 and he made his season debut on March 17 with a clean sheet against USL expansion side Nashville SC.[13] He appeared in 32 of Louisville's 34 league matches with 11 clean sheets. Only missing matches due to a rib injury he sustained on September 22 against Ottawa.[14] He also appeared in all four of Louisville's USL Cup playoff matches; earning a clean sheet in two. Ranjitsingh and Louisville went on to win the USL Cup Final for the second consecutive season. This time against Phoenix.[15]

Orlando City[edit]

On 18 December 2018, Ranjitsingh announced via a farewell social media post that he was to depart Louisville City. The following day the club confirmed he was to be reunited with James O'Connor who had left Louisville to coach Major League Soccer side Orlando City earlier in the year.[16] He made his debut for the club on 15 May 2019 in a 2–1 defeat to Seattle Sounders.

International[edit]

Born to a Trinidadian father and Guyanese-Portuguese mother, Ranjitsingh declared his interest in representing Trinidad and Tobago nationally due to his upbringing.[17]

In August 2016, Ranjitsingh received a call-up to the Trinidad and Tobago national team for 2018 World Cup qualification. He became the first Louisville City player to be called up for a senior national team, but was an unused substitute in a 2–2 draw with Guatemala and a 4–0 defeat to the USA.

On May 20, 2019, Ranjitsingh was added to Trinidad and Tobago's preliminary 2019 Gold Cup roster. [18]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Louisville City FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: Canada" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 2. Retrieved 20 May 2019 – via Bernews.
  2. ^ Karell, Daniel (August 25, 2016). "LouCity's Ranjitsingh earns international call-up". www.courier-journal.com. Courier Journal. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Ranjitsingh, Greg (April 16, 2012). "Alumni report: Greg Ranjitsingh of the Mercer Bears" (Interview). Sigma FC. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mercer Alum Greg Ranjitsingh Earns Trinidad & Tobago National Team Call-Up". mercerbears.com. Macon, GA: Mercer. 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Ranjitsingh Joins Louisville City FC". www.soconsports.com. Macon, GA: Southern Conference. April 4, 2015. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Greg Ranjitsingh". www.louisvillecityfc.com. Louisville City FC. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (13 May 2016). "Goalie Ranjitsingh a keeper for LouCity". www.courier-journal.com. Louisville, KY: Courier Journal. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  8. ^ Karell, Daniel (16 May 2016). "Goodwin to depart LouCity for Harvard Med School". www.courier-journal.com. Louisville, KY: Courier Journal. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  9. ^ Corr, Charlie (16 October 2016). "Meara, NYRBII Bound for USL Cup Final". www.uslsoccer.com. Harrison, NJ: USL. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  10. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (15 November 2016). "LouCity GoalKeeper Ranjitsingh Signs on for 2017". www.louisvillecityfc.com. Louisville, KY: Louisville City FC. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  11. ^ Danielle, Jonathan (28 March 2017). "With starter injured, Louisville City FC signs new goalkeeper". www.courier-journal.com. Louisville, KY: Courier Journal. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  12. ^ a b Murray, Nicholas (November 14, 2017). "Louisville's Late Winner Claims USL Cup Victory". www.uslsoccer.com. USL. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  13. ^ Bacharach, Erik (March 17, 2018). "Nashville SC opens inaugural USL season with loss at Louisville City FC". www.tennessean.com. Louisville, KY: Tennessean. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Recap: LouCity Clinches Spot in USL Playoffs with 4-0 Thrashing of Fury FC". www.louisvillecityfc.com. Louisville, KY: LCFC. September 22, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Arlia, John (November 8, 2018). "Spencer's Strike Leads Louisville to Second Straight USL Cup". www.uslsoccer.com. Louisville, KY: USL. Archived from the original on November 8, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  16. ^ December 19, 201810:06AM EST (2019-05-17). "Orlando City SC Signs 2018 USL Champions Greg Ranjitsingh and Kyle Smith | Orlando City Soccer Club". Orlandocitysc.com. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  17. ^ FC, Louisville City (2016-08-25). "LouCity's Ranjitsingh to represent Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifiers". Louisville City FC. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  18. ^ "78 MLS players named to preliminary rosters for 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup". MLSsoccer.com. 2018-09-01. Retrieved 2019-05-21.

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