Orlando City signed goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh on Dec. 19, 2018. The former Louisville City player was reunited with his old coach, James O’Connor. The Canadian keeper led Louisville City to two championships in the USL, and was brought in to shore up a squad that had not re-signed Joe Bendik or Earl Edwards Jr. Though it looked as though O’Connor’s former keeper might compete for minutes, the signing of Brian Rowe in February limited Ranjitsingh’s playing time.
Ranjitsingh played in two of the team’s 34 matches during the 2019 MLS season, and started both of those. He made four saves over the two matches and allowed three goals, posting a record of 0-1-1. The opposition took 40 shots, with seven on target while Ranjitsingh was between the sticks. He saved 57% of the shots on target, and added one tackle.
Ranjitsingh’s best game came against the Portland Timbers on July 18. The draw was one of only two matches he played, and the only one in which Orlando City earned any points. Ranjitsingh made three saves, caught three crosses, and allowed only one goal on the road against a Western Conference playoff team.
2019 Final Grade
Given the lack of minutes played, The Mane Land staff gave Ranjitsingh an incomplete grade for the season. He barely got his feet wet in MLS play but he was generally fine.
Ranjitsingh is one of three backup keepers on the roster. He is also the only one that occupies an international spot. With a new coach coming on board, I expect that despite his low salary, Ranjitsingh will not be with Orlando City next season. Orlando City will most likely be looking to improve the goalkeeper position, and Ranjitsingh isn’t the answer. His departure won’t free up much cash, but it will free up an international spot for whomever Luiz Muzzi and the new coach want to bring on board. Ranjitsingh will be sought after by USL Championship sides and could potentially catch on as a backup elsewhere in MLS.
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