Louisville City FC goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh has been named to the Trinidad & Tobago squad for the country’s upcoming CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying contests early next month. Ranjitsingh’s call-up is the first of his career for the Soca Warriors, as they prepare to face Guatemala and the United States in their final two games of the penultimate stage of qualifying.
"I've been working toward this my whole life training and trying to improve myself," said Ranjitsingh, a native of Canada who qualifies to play for Trinidad & Tobago through his father.. "On my birth certificate it doesn't say it, but I grew up in a Trinidad house. That was the culture – the food, everything – and it's so close to my heart. It's great to be able to represent the country."
While with the national team, Ranjitsingh will miss just one USL game for Louisville, the club's Sept. 3 contest at FC Montreal. In his second season with the club, Ranjitsingh has posted a 0.90 goals against average and .707 save percentage this season, helping Louisville clinch a playoff spot with five games left in the regular season.
"It's fantastic for Greg and speaks volumes about the work Thabane Sutu is doing with our goalkeepers," said Louisville City FC Head Coach James O'Connor. "We can all be very proud of the work we are doing here, as it's a fantastic achievement to have developed a player to the international level in 18 months."
Ranjitsingh signed with Louisville in 2015 as a rookie out of Division Mercer University in Macon, Ga. He took over the starting role for the USL club in May, opening with a string of five clean sheets, and has remained in goal ever since.
Trinidad & Tobago will host Guatemala at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on Friday, Sept. 2 before closing out the stage by facing the United States at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The Soca Warriors currently lead Group C with 10 points, with the United States sitting with 7 and Guatemala with 6. A win or draw against Guatemala would ensure the side advances to the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.