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Louisville City FC goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh witnessed a "crazy atmosphere" Friday night as Trinidad and Tobago played Guatemala to a 2-2 draw, in the process earning a point that moved the nation one step closer to qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"We have a whole country behind us," said Ranjitsingh, who earned LouCity's first full international call up for a pair of games this month. "The stadium was packed. Even my cousins trying to come to the game had to leave hours early to get to the stadium in time because the traffic was unreal."

After witnessing support in the country he represents, Ranjitsingh -- a Canadian native whose father immigrated from Trinidad -- will be with T&T again Tuesday for a game against the United States in Jacksonville. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. at EverBank Field, with Fox Sports 1 to broadcast.

"It's going to be huge," Ranjitsingh said.

Veteran keeper Marvin Phillip went the distance in goal last time out for T&T, tallying his 58th cap. But Ranjitsingh dressed and made the bench along with Adrian Foncette, who has appeared in three games for the Senior Men's Team.

It won't be until the pregame presentation Tuesday that Ranjitsingh sees the starting lineup. Regardless of whether he plays, the 23-year-old said he has taken plenty away from his international time.

"Training with these players, there's a lot of quality -- guys from all over," he said. "They're European-based, some guys play in Mexico, or the Trini league. There are some from MLS. It's a great experience to be at this level. You can only get better."

Seattle Sounders defender Joevin Jones recorded a brace against Guatemala. Other well-known members of Trinidad's squad include striker Kenwyne Jones, who next year will join MLS' new Atlanta United, as well as Orlando City SC's Kevin Molino.

The Soca Warriors, as T&T's Senior Men's Team is also known, are 1-11-2 all-time against the United States in World Cup qualifying. But Trinidad has already secured a spot in the Hexagonal, the final stage of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.

Ranjitsingh was traveling Saturday as LouCity knocked off FC Montral by a 1-0 score on the road. He did see glimpses of teammate Tim Dobrowolski's debut in goal, a shutout performance.

"I'm happy that the guys came through with the win," said Ranjitsingh, who's soaking in his experience -- but has missed being away from LouCity. "Definitely. When I see the guys on social media having fun and enjoying themselves, it's tough. Louisville City's been like a second family to me."

Ranjitsingh will return to Louisville after Tuesday's game and be available Saturday when LouCity hosts the Richmond Kickers at Slugger Field.