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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #240 on: December 19, 2018, 07:36:33 PM »
Congrats Greg on the promotion to the MLS! Imagine we have a top in form player, playing consistently who made himself eligible and wants to play for T&T but gets blank right through. Yet still it have men on here does fight down players like DeLeon when when they don't make T&T their first choice. Greg should have an axe to grind and say don't come and call me now I signed a MLS contract! Canada will definitely consider him now.
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #241 on: December 20, 2018, 04:03:33 AM »
Congrats Greg on the promotion to the MLS! Imagine we have a top in form player, playing consistently who made himself eligible and wants to play for T&T but gets blank right through. Yet still it have men on here does fight down players like DeLeon when when they don't make T&T their first choice. Greg should have an axe to grind and say don't come and call me now I signed a MLS contract! Canada will definitely consider him now.
i am 100% sure every one would agree with no questions ask, and it has me scratching my head in bewilderment. But then again it’s trinidad football where bachanal and confusing takes the spot light every time. As a stubborn people we have plenty lick to get until we learn.

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #242 on: December 24, 2018, 10:57:06 PM »
He still won’t be selected and if he is he will be discarded for some unknown reason that is not explained to the fans bc the dictator doesn’t want a winning team

If he wanted a winning team, Hart would not have been fired and when the ttfa were rehiring they would have chosen a much better coach which they had the option to as fifa was paying for the coach and has paid Lawrence’s salary from the beginning

So ttfa doesn’t control Lawrence, the dictator is acting on instructions

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #243 on: December 25, 2018, 07:37:01 AM »
Contro, Merry Christmas. We go talk football tomorrow!!God Bless!

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #244 on: December 26, 2018, 11:39:59 AM »
So ttfa doesn’t control Lawrence, the dictator is acting on instructions

Breds, is Boxing Day. Instructions from whom? So,  are you saying DL taking instructions from someone in Concacaf-FIFA-Mexico. He is told when to lose, draw or win? So he is being bribed. You know he could go to jail for accepting bribes.

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #245 on: December 26, 2018, 08:17:52 PM »
So ttfa doesn’t control Lawrence, the dictator is acting on instructions

Breds, is Boxing Day. Instructions from whom? So,  are you saying DL taking instructions from someone in Concacaf-FIFA-Mexico. He is told when to lose, draw or win? So he is being bribed. You know he could go to jail for accepting bribes.

Lawrence is not paid privately by ttfa... he’s paid by fifa, so why would he listen to anyone locally? Djw relays instructions bc name a company where someone is paid by a third party but follows orders of the the middle man?

Has jack gone to jail? It’s not bribery it’s politics... go to jail for what exactly? Ttfa is not paying him and they have ordained that

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #246 on: December 28, 2018, 11:10:15 AM »
Quick question.....


So what is the purpose of controlling Lawrence? How is this unknown entity benefiting from the demise of Trinidad football?
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #247 on: December 31, 2018, 04:55:25 AM »
Aye! Andre, Machel, doh look like that anymore.
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #248 on: January 08, 2019, 11:24:14 PM »
Best of Luck to Greg!
Think he has a good chance of coming in and producing right away

Orlando had a rough season last year and there's gonna be a lot of changes.
I believe the GK Coach has worked with Greg at Louisville so their chemistry may work in Greg's favor initially.

Hopefully the powers that be give him his deserved opportunity in any upcoming games ASAP.
We have 2 keepers that are in the national pool that have yet to get a cap. Try 'em out and let's see what's up!

Wish we had more video of their sessions as well.

I think Mr. Fuentes can possibly think of not using that much music in his posts n lets' get a real feel for the sessions with the sounds n atmosphere

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #249 on: January 13, 2019, 01:44:52 AM »
Ranjitsingh aiming to be Orlando's #1 but still hopes for a T&T call-up.
By Inshan Mohammed.


At Mercer University, Gregory (Greg) Ranjitsingh finished his highlighted collegiate career as one of the top keepers in the country.

Then fresh out of University where he was a four-year starter, playing 81 matches with 363 saves and 27 clean sheets drew close attention. The Canadian-born goalkeeper was snapped up by Louisville City FC (Lou City) in 2015, a team that was about the make its début in the United Soccer League (USL).

Ranjitsingh, went from being named on the All-Freshman Atlantic Sun team while at Mercer, to, winning two historic USL Cup titles for Louisville in 2017 and 2018 respectively, becoming the first ever back-to-back USL Cup winners. Too top that off, Louisville were Regular Season runners-up on 3 occasions (2015, 2016 & 2017). In-addition to being Kings Cup champions 4 times (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and Dirty River Derby champions twice (2017, 2018).

At Louisville, Ranjitsingh's first season saw him bench ridden biting his nails hoping for the day he'd be the number one choice for Lou City and, it came. His second season painted a different picture. A suspension to the club’s first choice goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, gave Greg the opportunity that he grabbed with both gloves. He took over the starting role for the USL club, opening with a string of five clean sheets and has remained in-goal ever since. He finished his 2016 performance that saw him post a 0.74 goals-against average and .759 save percentage.

The following season, Greg continued where he left off and was a brick wall in-goal for Louisville as he recorded 11 clean sheets and a 69.6 save percentage and claimed the Fan’s Choice Save of the Playoffs. He finished his career with the USL team making 81 appearances in-goal and recorded 33 shutouts since signing in 2015.

With a couple of Man-of-the-Match performances, some penalties save and a USL Team of the Week selection caught the eye of Orlando City SC, which ultimately led to the T&T custodian being scooped up by the MLS club in December 2018.

Ironically, Greg made his home Slugger Field début for Louisville against Orlando City. He came on as a second-half substitute that saw the home team defeating the MLS team 3-1 that left them shell shocked.

Ranjitsingh, who qualifies to play for Trinidad & Tobago through his father, can also represent Guyana, Portugal or Canada but chose to wear the red, black and white. He earned his first call-up for Soca Warriors under former head coach Stephen Hart back in August 2016. T&T had to face Guatemala at home and the United States (away) in their penultimate 2018 Concacaf World Cup Group C Semifinal Round qualifier.

Greg never made it off the beuch. T&T tied Guatemala 2-2 in their first game which was enough for them to booked a spot for the final stage Hexagonal (Hex). The remaining game against the US was literally meaningless as far as qualifying goes. Coach Hart stuck with his number one (Marvin Phillip) between the sticks only to see his side fall 4-0 to the CONCACAF powerhouse.

In November 2017, the Ontario-born keeper was again called up, this time by current coach Dennis Lawrence for a pair of exhibition matches against Grenada and Guyana. However, Greg was excused due to his club’s qualification for the United Soccer League Cup Finals. Ever since and 6 T&T games later, the player was never called-up again and is yet to earn a T&T cap.

To date, there are only three T&T players and one potential candidate (Ryan Telfer) playing in the MLS, Greg Ranjitsingh, Justin Hoyte (2019) and Kevin Molino.

Since 2016, Greg, still only 25, has made tremendous stride and consistent progress and with the aging Marvin Phillip (34), Adrian Foncette (30) and Jan-Michael Williams (34), Greg deservedly warrant a T&T call-up as one for the future, hopefully, coach Dennis Lawrence will make the call soon.

Soca Warriors Online (SWO) reached out to Greg and the player was all but happy to tell us about what has been happening lately in his career, from his T&T stint to his soon to be MLS exploits.

1. First, congratulations on your move to the MLS with Orlando City. How do you feel about the move, the environment, your new teammates, training and do you think you can hold down the number one spot being that it's a higher level to what you are use to?
GR: I’m very excited about the move. I’ve worked with James O’Connor, Daniel Byrd, and Thabane Sutu before in Louisville, and i’m very happy to link back up with them in Orlando. I’m looking forward to this challenge and i’m extremely confident in my abilities. I think the transition to playing in the MLS will be seamless and that I will continue to perform at a top level.

2. Greg, are you still interested in representing Trinidad and Tobago?
GR: Right now I would like to focus on my club football. If a national team call-up comes, I will deal with it accordingly.

3. How was your first stint with the T&T senior team? What impressed you the most, how did the players accepted you, how did you rate the other keepers and what did you feel could have been improved.
GR: I really enjoyed my first stint with the national team. It was a new experience for me and I thought the players accepted me in to the team and made me feel comfortable. My first call-up was with Marvin Phillips and Adrian Foncette, who I really enjoyed working with. I thought the level we maintained in training was great.

4. Do you still follow the T&T senior team? And has head coach Dennis Lawrence been in-touch with you?
GR: I always follow football, whether it is the national team, club football, or whatever. I have a love for this game and I stay fully aware of everything that is going on. I have not heard from Dennis Lawrence or any other T&T staff since right after the USA match when I thanked them for having me in camp.

5. Finally, SWO (socawarriors.net) and all of its supporters are hoping to see you suit up for T&T soon and would also like to congrat you with winning back-to-back USL Cup titles with Louisville City FC as well as your move to the MLS. Do you have any words for them?
GR: I want to thank all the supporters of the Soca Warriors. I see all the the nice things they write about me and I really appreciate the support they have shown. My wishes are for the federation to resolve their issues so that the players can proudly represent the country without any off the field distractions. The country and fans deserve top football and I know that is what the players want to provide.


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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #250 on: January 14, 2019, 02:43:16 AM »
Good going Greg.

I feel Dennis catch feelings because Greg ask to be excuse for de 2 friendly games because he team was in de finals, if that is de case, Dennis acting like a oman...

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #251 on: July 18, 2019, 09:03:15 PM »
Playing right now on ESPN 2 against Portland....still can't believe he didn't play against Guyana. That was some serious lack of foresight.

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Minnesota United selects Gregory Ranjitsingh in 2019 End-Of-Year Waiver Draft
« Reply #252 on: November 25, 2019, 04:16:54 PM »
Minnesota United selects Gregory Ranjitsingh in 2019 End-Of-Year Waiver Draft
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Minnesota United selected former Orlando City goalkeeper, Gregory Ranjitsingh with the 16th pick in the 2019 MLS End-of-Year Waiver Draft. With the selection, Minnesota United now holds his MLS rights and can initiate contract negotiations.

Ranjitsingh, 26, played four years of collegiate soccer at Mercer University from 2011–14. In his senior year, he was ranked third nationally in total saves and ninth in save percentage, earning him the Southern Conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year award and a spot on the All-Conference team. He played a total of 81 games at Mercer making 363 saves along with 27 clean sheets. He is Mercer's career leader in both GAA and clean sheets.

Following his college career, Ranjitsingh was signed by Louisville City in the United Soccer League in 2015. He made 81 appearances in goal and recorded 33 shutouts for Louisville while helping the club to consecutive USL Cup titles in 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, Ranjitsingh was signed by Orlando City SC where he made two appearances.

Transaction: Minnesota United selects Gregory Ranjitsingh with the 16th pick in the 2019 MLS End-of-Year Waiver Draft.

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Weight: 195

Birthdate: 07/18/1993, 26

Birthplace: Pickering, Ontario

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Last Club: Orlando City SC (MLS)

How Acquired: In the 2019 MLS Waiver Draft on Nov. 25, 2019.
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #253 on: November 25, 2019, 04:25:06 PM »
Ok, I thought he was going there to bench behind Mannone now. I ain't know Mannone was only on loan.

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #254 on: November 25, 2019, 06:38:13 PM »
Ok, I thought he was going there to bench behind Mannone now. I ain't know Mannone was only on loan.

Mannone going back to fight for a contract
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #255 on: December 15, 2019, 06:03:35 PM »
Quick question.....


So what is the purpose of controlling Lawrence? How is this unknown entity benefiting from the demise of Trinidad football?

Simple...

Football results... so the top 3 remain as the top 3, qualifying for the wc and staying in the top 3 in the region has many rewards and football is political... it’s also a game for the bookies...

There’s multiple levels of discrimination in world football.. one level is no black teams being in the top in concacaf

The other level is installing sell outs to ensure the Caribbean doesn’t dominate like in other sports that we have seen

Cfu has the 2nd most votes in world football, if they vote as a bloc, 2nd to Africa, yet no African prez or no increased qualifying spots for Cfu?

In fact Cfu could be by themselves or concacaf could increase the teams that go to the World Cup, their excuses are quality, but that’s a lie, if our Caribbean teams played in the wc consistently, their revenues, sponsorship etc would increase, meaning more money for football and the talent is there ...

Lastly, employ a sell out, who will do it for the money, future opportunity etc, that’s how you oppress and how you control results


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Greg Ranjitsingh Receives Green Card
« Reply #256 on: May 28, 2020, 10:52:46 AM »
Greg Ranjitsingh Receives Green Card
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Minnesota United announced today goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh has received his U.S. Green Card. The Canadian international will no longer occupy an international spot on the Loons’ roster.

Ranjitsingh was selected by Minnesota United 16th in the 2019 Waiver Draft. Prior to joining MNUFC, Ranjitsingh was signed by Louisville City in the United Soccer League in 2015. He made 81 appearances in goal and recorded 33 shutouts for Louisville while helping the club to consecutive USL Cup titles in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Ranjitsingh was signed by Orlando City SC where he made two appearances.

The 2020 MLS season is currently suspended to help ensure the health and safety of our fans, players, coaches and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please follow Minnesota United’s social channels and check our website mnufc.com for regular updates on the club and the season going forward.
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #257 on: May 28, 2020, 11:28:20 AM »
Which was faster to process? The residency card or the TT passport? :devil:
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #258 on: May 28, 2020, 11:45:00 AM »
Which was faster to process? The residency card or the TT passport? :devil:
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #259 on: May 28, 2020, 08:11:37 PM »
Hey look
It's not like this one p,Ayer is a game changer but I do wish he would have been given more opportunities and groomed as a future key component in our rebuild-

This position has been underscored since our post WC appearance- going with  local GKs who were pretty   underexposed to a different level of football seemed to simply show the lack of  thoughtfulness and oversight as to the key to having a  bonafide GK.

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #260 on: May 28, 2020, 08:18:34 PM »
Hey look
It's not like this one p,Ayer is a game changer but I do wish he would have been given more opportunities and groomed as a future key component in our rebuild-

This position has been underscored since our post WC appearance- going with  local GKs who were pretty   underexposed to a different level of football seemed to simply show the lack of  thoughtfulness and oversight as to the key to having a  bonafide GK.

We would not know if he's a game changer unless we actually give him games to play.
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #261 on: May 29, 2020, 08:27:52 AM »
They called him the “canadian international”, I’m just wondering if he changed his allegiance? the way dennis treated him, won’t blame him one bit. good luck greg.

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #262 on: May 29, 2020, 11:23:09 PM »
3 GKs going to waste that coulda been in the GK pool

Frenderup, Ranjitsingh and another keeper who is also on Minnesota Utd's books but is on loan to a USL club
and he also won a NCAA title at Maryland....

unfortunately we've failed to give them a chance to be part of the team
Would love to know what really happened with Greg and Frenderup when they made the trips here

Both Ranjitsingh and St. Clair are Canadians and can get called up for them as well.....

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« Reply #263 on: May 30, 2020, 02:21:30 AM »
3 GKs going to waste that coulda been in the GK pool

Frenderup, Ranjitsingh and another keeper who is also on Minnesota Utd's books but is on loan to a USL club
and he also won a NCAA title at Maryland....

unfortunately we've failed to give them a chance to be part of the team
Would love to know what really happened with Greg and Frenderup when they made the trips here

Both Ranjitsingh and St. Clair are Canadians and can get called up for them as well.....
Listen mate I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the obvious sabotage that took place in football since we made it to the world cup.

the impasse, the lack of development and basic infrastructure under camps, not to mention the total dismantling of football of whatever mr timkee has rebuild, and the last 4 years of gross incompetence and sabotage by the DJW administration and his continued mischief making behind the scenes with this obvious FIFA coup d’ etat who IMO was initiated by none other than DJW himself.

I was in support of DJW and Dennis lawrence and I said that they deserved a chance to turn the ship around,  but the final straw at the gold cup when we had nothing to play for vs guyana when dennis lawrence failed to grab the opportunity to cap greg ranjitsingh making him a TT national tying him to us permanently.

i thought that was a grudge full wicked way to treat this player when he brought on foncette a 29 yr old local who’s at the end of his career, that was the moment when I said to myself dennis lawrence just like latapy and all these other local coaches before him, are self destructive and dunce to no end and they should be kept far away from our national teams.

 now I could say with certainty that dennis lawrence was the worst coach we ever had across the board and I only hope that somehow terry could convince him back on the team, and if not then we lost out on a nifty goal keeper.

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Goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh gains comfort with starting assignment
« Reply #264 on: August 23, 2020, 11:50:27 AM »
Minnesota United goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh gains comfort with starting assignment
By Jerry Zgoda (Star Tribune)


New Minnesota United starting goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh’s coach and teammates praise his shot-stopping ability, but neither of the two goals he allowed in Friday’s team debut were a mighty blast clutched or turned away.

Each was an opportunistic chance that either bounced or was inadvertently redirected into an open goal during a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City, the Loons’ first game in Allianz Field since October.

The first goal came in the game’s 12th minute, on a ball untouched by three converging players, including Ranjitsingh. The second was the eventual winner, a go-ahead own goal in the 55th minute when defender Michael Boxall slid in an attempt to clear a ball rolling in front of the goal and put it into his own net instead.

Loons coach Adrian Heath called both goals “poor” because of the way his team defended — or didn’t — each, and not all the goalkeeper’s fault.

Ranjitsingh, acquired last fall in the MLS waiver draft, considered his debut a “really frustrating night” but a performance for which he felt fully prepared.

He had known for some time that starting keeper Tyler Miller’s hip hurt him, so it was no surprise he got the call to play Friday when Miller and team officials decided he’d have surgery early Wednesday morning.

Born in Ontario and educated at Mercer University in Georgia, Ranjitsingh, 27, won USL Championship titles with Louisville City in 2017 and 2018 and played two games with Orlando City last season.

“I knew this game would be coming and that I would be playing in it,” he said. “So it has been a lot … of build-up towards it. Finally, I got to play in it. The result didn’t go our way, but I’m happy I was able to get my 90 minutes in. I feel more comfortable on the pitch.”

His first goal allowed came when Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gadi Kinda’s cross was just out of the reach of hard-running teammate Roger Espinoza, defending Hassani Dotson and Ranjitsingh’s outstretched arm and bounded just inside the far post.

“That’s one of them things when people look at as though they’re going to go for the ball and nobody touches it,” Heath said, “and it ends up bobbling in on the back post.”

Heath criticized his team for allowing Kinda space to create from the left wing, saying the goal “looked soft” from where he stood. He also noted his team didn’t defend Sporting Kansas City’s counterattack after Kevin Molino’s giveaway pass was intercepted at midfield in that 55th minute.

Sporting KC attacker Johnny Russell rolled the ball across an open goal mouth after a left-side run, and Boxall’s slide put the ball in the goal instead of sweeping it away. Ranjitsingh and Boxall huddled up after that goal.

“I have full confidence in Boxy,” Ranjitsingh said. “He knows it. I can’t fault him for that. … No wrong to him.”

Ranjitsingh said he’ll learn from Friday’s loss and move forward in a starting position for which he is ready after a “special time” in Louisville and an MLS introduction in Orlando.

“I’m getting my chance,” he said. “I’ve been preparing for a long time and I’ve been training well. … I’ve always viewed myself as a No. 1. I respect the goalkeeper union. We all want to play, and I think that’s good. … I have full confidence in my abilities, and my teammates and staff do as well. So I just have to take this opportunity and run with it.”
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Player Report: Greg Ranjitsingh
« Reply #265 on: September 05, 2020, 11:02:29 PM »
Player Report: Greg Ranjitsingh
By Ashle Norling (SB Nation)


With Tyler Miller out for the season due to hip surgery Minnesota United needed to go with a different starting goalkeeper for the rest of 2020. Those two options were Greg Ranjitsingh, whom was signed after the 2019 MLS Waiver Draft, and the young Dayne St. Clair, who was recalled from San Antonio FC after Miller went out for the season.

For better or worse Ranjitsingh has gotten the call in each of the three matches the Loons have played so far since returning from Orlando. Last time when I broke down whether or not the Loons would be ok with Miller I broke down the hard numbers, so let’s take a look at that.

The Hard Numbers

First let’s compare Greg Ranjitsingh’s numbers to MNUFC’s last two starting goalkeepers, Vito Mannone and Tyler Miller. So to recap those stats:

In 2019 Mannone made a total of 133 saves on 181 shots across 37 matches (MLS Regular Season plus MLS Cup Playoffs) with a GAA of 1.285 and a SV% of 73.4%. During Miller’s 8 starts (First two MLS matches plus the entire MLS Is Back Tournament) he has given up 11 goals through 8 matches with a GAA of 1.375 on the season with 21 saves on 32 shots for a SV% of 65.6%. So in 2019 vs Miller’s 2020 the GAA is higher, SV% is lower, but the shots on target per match are lower. However in 2019 MNUFC allowed 1 goal for every 3.77 shots on target in 2020 with Miller in net that number is much lower at one goal for every 2.91 shots on target. While all the numbers can’t be put on the goalkeeper, it does show that the overall defensive capabilities of the team are down.

With Ranjitsingh in net it’s yet another story. Currently he has played 3 full matches for 270 minutes with 15 saves on 23 shots on target. With those stats it shows that Greg’s GAA is 2.67, which is much MUCH higher than both Miller and Mannone. His save percentage 65.2%, which while again lower than Vito’s, is actually very close to the Tyler Miller’s. So in that respect the SV% is not bad in comparison but still could be much better; as should Miller’s. Lastly we can also determine how many shots it takes for the opposition to score on average. Ranjitsingh’s number (which is more than slightly helped by his performance against Houston) is the opposition scoring 1 goal for every 2.875 shots. Again way down from Mannone but just slightly down from Miller in 2020.

As a disclaimer, SV% is not a massive indicator of ability or nearly as useful in soccer as it is in say hockey. Because of the large size of the net, wide variety in types of shots (which you’ll see later in the positioning), it can be considered largely un-useful. However I have included it here as it is one of the more basic analytical stats.

So to slightly tackle the xGA (Expected Goals Against) vs GA stat, which is a better indicator of saving ability. All three players have given up more than their xGA stat. With Vito giving up 1.49 more than expected in 2019, that was through 34 matches. Miller has given up 1.05 more while Ranjitsingh has given up 2.95 more than expected through just three games. On a per game basis Ranjitsingh is giving up an average of almost a full extra goal per match, which is, well not good. Those xGA stats are curtsey of American Soccer Analysis.

Distribution

With distribution we won’t compare it to either Vito or Tyler’s as they all play the ball differently. And while that inherently is not a bad thing it does change how MNUFC starts a counter attack up the field.

Above are the distribution charts from the three starts Greg Ranjitsingh has had this season. One key thing you can see from just a quick glance is he tends to take shorter passes. In fact according to fbref.com 75.7% of his passes (not including goal kicks) are under 40 yards, with his average pass length being 31.1 yards. Along with those stats are his completion percentage, which you can also see is much worse as the distance goes up. Football Reference has his completion % at 97.2% (35/36) for passes under 25 yards, while his completions of over 25 yards drops to 58.6% (34/58).

Now the good thing with that is Ranjitsingh has for the most part kept most of his kicks on the shorter end and the team has worked with that. As for example against FC Dallas he completed none of his longer passes and was 6/13 with passes over 25 yards. With MNUFC allowing Ranjitsingh to keep his range fairly close they’ve contributed to an overall pass completion of 73.4%.

Positioning

Lastly lets look at his positioning. There’s three plays here, two goals and one save. One good, one ok, and one that just looks bad to ugly. Then we’ll also look at the own goal from Sporting Kansas City.

First is Greg’s first save against Sporting KC. The ball starts in the middle of the pitch with Ranjitsingh squared up to the SKC player while near the top of the six. The ball is sent to the right side to Roger Espinoza but Ranjitsingh drops back closer to the goal, staying near the center but also has his body weight shifted towards the near post slightly. Espinoza sends a bouncing cross to the left and now Greg comes towards the top of the six and shifts to cover the near post on his right side. The ball is then bounced to Alan Pulido, who has a clear line of sight towards the goal with no defenders in front of him. Pulido takes the open shot, but in that time that he gathered the ball Ranjitsingh took just one or two steps to the side putting him in perfect position to stop the shot. Not an exciting save but he makes a good one that he should have there.

Now let’s take a look at the goal allowed by Minnesota just before this save. The play starts from the back of the field, in the middle third but behind the midfield line. So we’ll start covering it when the GK gets into view. Once Greg gets into view it’s fairly hard to check his earlier positioning. But we can also see that based on his save attempt he was lined up to face a shot from Roger Espinoza, who was running in for the attempt. What ended up happening is Gadi Kinda’s through ball bounced past Espinoza and into the open left hand side of the net. Due to the nature of the play, making a save and good positioning was a choice between covering Espinoza’s run or Kinda’s through ball. Once Ranjitsingh was committed to one the other would be nearly impossible to cover due to the vastly different angles.

After the match Adrian Heath probably said it best about the goal:

“It’s one of them that you always talk about when you’re putting it in, swinging in, make sure that they stay in between the post, because that, that can happen. That’s one of them things when people look as though they’re gonna go for the ball and nobody touches it and it ends up bobbling in on the back post. I’ll have to have another look at it. It looked soft from our position on the bench. I don’t think we had enough pressure on the ball. I’ll have to have another look at it.”

Against FC Dallas last Saturday night, Minnesota allowed two goals early in the first half and a late one in stoppage time from the spot. We’ll take a look at FC Dallas’ second goal first. Fabrice-Jean Picault starts the play with the ball on the nearside. The distance is far enough out that Ranjitsingh is in a good position, near the middle of the six, with weight distribution roughly even. This allows him to easily shuffle back and then to the right after Picault sends the cross into the box.

At this point things start to fall apart, Ricardo Pepi has the ball near the far side of the 18 yard box and Ranjitsingh covers the nearside post. The problem with this since he’s covering the nearside post it leaves most of the goal open. Due to Pepi’s angle the ball would more than likely go either narrow and miss the goal or wider than Ranjitsingh’s coverage area and into the goal. Pepi instead sends the ball in towards the middle to Jesús Ferreira. Ferreira then takes a few steps on a dribble drawing Ranjitsingh towards him leaving most of the net unable to be protected. Because of the poor positioning Jesús Ferreira is easily able to beat him wide from the top of the six and score.

Lastly let’s look at the own goal MNUFC allowed/caused back against Sporting Kansas City and see where Greg was on that play. The play started with a bad pass from Kevin Molino being intercepted by Gadi Kinda. Kinda then broke out into the open before covered by two defenders, when that happened he sent a pass to his left to Johnny Russell. At this point Greg Ranjitsingh starts to square up with Russell, covering the goal and the most obvious point of attack. Russell then takes the ball and dribbles in towards the goal rather than taking an immediate shot, and as Russell approaches the end line Ranjitsingh stays with him covering the near post.

The MNUFC defenders are making sure to stay near each of SKC’s three attackers to keep them covered. Russell is now in deep enough his options are a poor shot from a narrow angle, with not a great chance to score or to send a cross. At this point if Russell sends the cross its up to Michael Boxall to prevent the goal. Russell does exactly that and Boxall does get his foot on the cross, but inadvertently puts it in his own net. For a play starting with a bad pass and wide open breakaway, Ranjitsingh actually did very well for what he needed too and could do.

Conclusions

At the end of the day Greg Ranjitsingh is not a bad goalkeeper. And yes I am saying this for a guy who’s given up 8 goals in three games. But a lot of that is down to the defense, and Adrian Heath has said as much.

“It’s always difficult for a keeper, even when you’re conceding goals. You know, maybe there’s a couple out of the eight, maybe Greg [Ranjitsingh] would have thought he could do better with. But, trust me, when people are having free shots from 7, 8-yards out, invariably, you can’t keep blaming the goalkeeper.”

Greg has done what he can to step into the role of a starter for Minnesota United. He’s stepping into a role that MNUFC has the 2019 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in. It’s not an easy task and for a guy who has known he’s the backup it can’t be easy either.

“I think the mindset that I go in with, although obviously I know Tyler [Miller] is number one and I’m the backup, but I think I train everyday like I’m the number one. I push Tyler. I think Tyler also knows that all the goalkeepers in this union, especially me, we all want to play and I think that’s good – it’s a healthy competition, it pushes all of us. And obviously I knew for a while now that Tyler was thinking about getting the surgery, and that I would have to step up and fill that role. So, you know, I’ve been preparing for a long time and I’ve been training well. I know that my teammates and staff have full confidence in me and that gives me a lot of confidence moving forward in myself. I felt like I was ready for it and looking to build off it.”

Greg Ranjitsingh is a decent solid goalkeeper, and is an ok replacement for Tyler Miller at this time. Dayne St. Clair isn’t ready to be an MLS starter and Fred Emmings is too young. And while I don’t see Greg as a long term starter, he’s filling a role we absolutely need a solid player in. Now if only he could get some help defensively and that the offense could start producing; we may see a solid threatening MNUFC squad again.
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #266 on: September 06, 2020, 01:38:57 PM »
Player Report: Greg Ranjitsingh
By Ashle Norling (SB Nation)


With Tyler Miller out for the season due to hip surgery Minnesota United needed to go with a different starting goalkeeper for the rest of 2020. Those two options were Greg Ranjitsingh, whom was signed after the 2019 MLS Waiver Draft, and the young Dayne St. Clair, who was recalled from San Antonio FC after Miller went out for the season.

For better or worse Ranjitsingh has gotten the call in each of the three matches the Loons have played so far since returning from Orlando. Last time when I broke down whether or not the Loons would be ok with Miller I broke down the hard numbers, so let’s take a look at that.

The Hard Numbers

First let’s compare Greg Ranjitsingh’s numbers to MNUFC’s last two starting goalkeepers, Vito Mannone and Tyler Miller. So to recap those stats:

In 2019 Mannone made a total of 133 saves on 181 shots across 37 matches (MLS Regular Season plus MLS Cup Playoffs) with a GAA of 1.285 and a SV% of 73.4%. During Miller’s 8 starts (First two MLS matches plus the entire MLS Is Back Tournament) he has given up 11 goals through 8 matches with a GAA of 1.375 on the season with 21 saves on 32 shots for a SV% of 65.6%. So in 2019 vs Miller’s 2020 the GAA is higher, SV% is lower, but the shots on target per match are lower. However in 2019 MNUFC allowed 1 goal for every 3.77 shots on target in 2020 with Miller in net that number is much lower at one goal for every 2.91 shots on target. While all the numbers can’t be put on the goalkeeper, it does show that the overall defensive capabilities of the team are down.

With Ranjitsingh in net it’s yet another story. Currently he has played 3 full matches for 270 minutes with 15 saves on 23 shots on target. With those stats it shows that Greg’s GAA is 2.67, which is much MUCH higher than both Miller and Mannone. His save percentage 65.2%, which while again lower than Vito’s, is actually very close to the Tyler Miller’s. So in that respect the SV% is not bad in comparison but still could be much better; as should Miller’s. Lastly we can also determine how many shots it takes for the opposition to score on average. Ranjitsingh’s number (which is more than slightly helped by his performance against Houston) is the opposition scoring 1 goal for every 2.875 shots. Again way down from Mannone but just slightly down from Miller in 2020.

As a disclaimer, SV% is not a massive indicator of ability or nearly as useful in soccer as it is in say hockey. Because of the large size of the net, wide variety in types of shots (which you’ll see later in the positioning), it can be considered largely un-useful. However I have included it here as it is one of the more basic analytical stats.

So to slightly tackle the xGA (Expected Goals Against) vs GA stat, which is a better indicator of saving ability. All three players have given up more than their xGA stat. With Vito giving up 1.49 more than expected in 2019, that was through 34 matches. Miller has given up 1.05 more while Ranjitsingh has given up 2.95 more than expected through just three games. On a per game basis Ranjitsingh is giving up an average of almost a full extra goal per match, which is, well not good. Those xGA stats are curtsey of American Soccer Analysis.

Distribution

With distribution we won’t compare it to either Vito or Tyler’s as they all play the ball differently. And while that inherently is not a bad thing it does change how MNUFC starts a counter attack up the field.

Above are the distribution charts from the three starts Greg Ranjitsingh has had this season. One key thing you can see from just a quick glance is he tends to take shorter passes. In fact according to fbref.com 75.7% of his passes (not including goal kicks) are under 40 yards, with his average pass length being 31.1 yards. Along with those stats are his completion percentage, which you can also see is much worse as the distance goes up. Football Reference has his completion % at 97.2% (35/36) for passes under 25 yards, while his completions of over 25 yards drops to 58.6% (34/58).

Now the good thing with that is Ranjitsingh has for the most part kept most of his kicks on the shorter end and the team has worked with that. As for example against FC Dallas he completed none of his longer passes and was 6/13 with passes over 25 yards. With MNUFC allowing Ranjitsingh to keep his range fairly close they’ve contributed to an overall pass completion of 73.4%.

Positioning

Lastly lets look at his positioning. There’s three plays here, two goals and one save. One good, one ok, and one that just looks bad to ugly. Then we’ll also look at the own goal from Sporting Kansas City.

First is Greg’s first save against Sporting KC. The ball starts in the middle of the pitch with Ranjitsingh squared up to the SKC player while near the top of the six. The ball is sent to the right side to Roger Espinoza but Ranjitsingh drops back closer to the goal, staying near the center but also has his body weight shifted towards the near post slightly. Espinoza sends a bouncing cross to the left and now Greg comes towards the top of the six and shifts to cover the near post on his right side. The ball is then bounced to Alan Pulido, who has a clear line of sight towards the goal with no defenders in front of him. Pulido takes the open shot, but in that time that he gathered the ball Ranjitsingh took just one or two steps to the side putting him in perfect position to stop the shot. Not an exciting save but he makes a good one that he should have there.

Now let’s take a look at the goal allowed by Minnesota just before this save. The play starts from the back of the field, in the middle third but behind the midfield line. So we’ll start covering it when the GK gets into view. Once Greg gets into view it’s fairly hard to check his earlier positioning. But we can also see that based on his save attempt he was lined up to face a shot from Roger Espinoza, who was running in for the attempt. What ended up happening is Gadi Kinda’s through ball bounced past Espinoza and into the open left hand side of the net. Due to the nature of the play, making a save and good positioning was a choice between covering Espinoza’s run or Kinda’s through ball. Once Ranjitsingh was committed to one the other would be nearly impossible to cover due to the vastly different angles.

After the match Adrian Heath probably said it best about the goal:

“It’s one of them that you always talk about when you’re putting it in, swinging in, make sure that they stay in between the post, because that, that can happen. That’s one of them things when people look as though they’re gonna go for the ball and nobody touches it and it ends up bobbling in on the back post. I’ll have to have another look at it. It looked soft from our position on the bench. I don’t think we had enough pressure on the ball. I’ll have to have another look at it.”

Against FC Dallas last Saturday night, Minnesota allowed two goals early in the first half and a late one in stoppage time from the spot. We’ll take a look at FC Dallas’ second goal first. Fabrice-Jean Picault starts the play with the ball on the nearside. The distance is far enough out that Ranjitsingh is in a good position, near the middle of the six, with weight distribution roughly even. This allows him to easily shuffle back and then to the right after Picault sends the cross into the box.

At this point things start to fall apart, Ricardo Pepi has the ball near the far side of the 18 yard box and Ranjitsingh covers the nearside post. The problem with this since he’s covering the nearside post it leaves most of the goal open. Due to Pepi’s angle the ball would more than likely go either narrow and miss the goal or wider than Ranjitsingh’s coverage area and into the goal. Pepi instead sends the ball in towards the middle to Jesús Ferreira. Ferreira then takes a few steps on a dribble drawing Ranjitsingh towards him leaving most of the net unable to be protected. Because of the poor positioning Jesús Ferreira is easily able to beat him wide from the top of the six and score.

Lastly let’s look at the own goal MNUFC allowed/caused back against Sporting Kansas City and see where Greg was on that play. The play started with a bad pass from Kevin Molino being intercepted by Gadi Kinda. Kinda then broke out into the open before covered by two defenders, when that happened he sent a pass to his left to Johnny Russell. At this point Greg Ranjitsingh starts to square up with Russell, covering the goal and the most obvious point of attack. Russell then takes the ball and dribbles in towards the goal rather than taking an immediate shot, and as Russell approaches the end line Ranjitsingh stays with him covering the near post.

The MNUFC defenders are making sure to stay near each of SKC’s three attackers to keep them covered. Russell is now in deep enough his options are a poor shot from a narrow angle, with not a great chance to score or to send a cross. At this point if Russell sends the cross its up to Michael Boxall to prevent the goal. Russell does exactly that and Boxall does get his foot on the cross, but inadvertently puts it in his own net. For a play starting with a bad pass and wide open breakaway, Ranjitsingh actually did very well for what he needed too and could do.

Conclusions

At the end of the day Greg Ranjitsingh is not a bad goalkeeper. And yes I am saying this for a guy who’s given up 8 goals in three games. But a lot of that is down to the defense, and Adrian Heath has said as much.

“It’s always difficult for a keeper, even when you’re conceding goals. You know, maybe there’s a couple out of the eight, maybe Greg [Ranjitsingh] would have thought he could do better with. But, trust me, when people are having free shots from 7, 8-yards out, invariably, you can’t keep blaming the goalkeeper.”

Greg has done what he can to step into the role of a starter for Minnesota United. He’s stepping into a role that MNUFC has the 2019 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in. It’s not an easy task and for a guy who has known he’s the backup it can’t be easy either.

“I think the mindset that I go in with, although obviously I know Tyler [Miller] is number one and I’m the backup, but I think I train everyday like I’m the number one. I push Tyler. I think Tyler also knows that all the goalkeepers in this union, especially me, we all want to play and I think that’s good – it’s a healthy competition, it pushes all of us. And obviously I knew for a while now that Tyler was thinking about getting the surgery, and that I would have to step up and fill that role. So, you know, I’ve been preparing for a long time and I’ve been training well. I know that my teammates and staff have full confidence in me and that gives me a lot of confidence moving forward in myself. I felt like I was ready for it and looking to build off it.”

Greg Ranjitsingh is a decent solid goalkeeper, and is an ok replacement for Tyler Miller at this time. Dayne St. Clair isn’t ready to be an MLS starter and Fred Emmings is too young. And while I don’t see Greg as a long term starter, he’s filling a role we absolutely need a solid player in. Now if only he could get some help defensively and that the offense could start producing; we may see a solid threatening MNUFC squad again.

Sounds like she’s making excuses for their poor defense and defenders... while throwing Greg under the bus for it, hoping the TT national team doesn’t call him up... she also could have a favorite keeper over greg bc he is  non white
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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #267 on: September 07, 2020, 05:35:04 AM »
Yuh talking kaka, Greg will get better, his first in de MLS, give him time.

Half de team is black plus two from T&T, so they can't be racial, they de only team in de MLS to have 2 Trinis playing for them currently.

We don't have a national team and may not have one in years to come if this FIFA shit go on.

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #268 on: September 07, 2020, 08:54:57 AM »
Dayne St Clair started the last game for MNUFC. He's biracial. Definitely not a race thing against Greg.

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Re: Greg Ranjitsingh Thread
« Reply #269 on: September 07, 2020, 01:01:10 PM »
Is all temporary until Vito Mannone come back. He was alright for Sunderland in the Prem...speaking of bad defences.