Orlando City’s roster rebuild continued on Wednesday with the addition of two players head coach James O’Connor is already familiar with.
The club announced the signings of goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh and defender Kyle Smith, two players who were coached by O’Connor while O’Connor was at Louisville City as the USL Championship side’s head coach.
Ranjitsingh, 25, joined Louisville City in 2015. He appeared in 32 matches for the team last season and, overall, appeared in 81 matches for Louisville City with 33 shutouts. Two of those shutouts came in title games in 2017 and 2018 — both were 1-0 victories for Louisville City.
Orlando City has a need at goalkeeper after the club declined to exercise Joe Bendik’s contract option and allowed backup goalkeeper Earl Edwards’ contract to expire. Adam Grinwis — who started last season as the third-choice goalkeeper — was Orlando City’s only goalkeeper under contract before Ranjitsingh was signed.
Smith, 26, logged consistent minutes while with Louisville City. He had four goals last season and appeared in all but one match for the team. According to Orlando City, he logged a team-high 3,253 minutes last season, including the playoffs.
Offseason roster moves have left Orlando City many of the defenders who made an impact last season. Veteran Right back Scott Sutter’s contract option was declined, left back Donny Toia’s option was declined and he was taken in the Re-Entry Draft, left backs Mohamed El-Munir and PC were traded, as was versatile midfielder Tony Rocha, who filled in at left back and centerback.
Ranjitsingh and Smith were part of Louisville City’s run to back-to-back titles.