Player Details

Name

Ranko Veselinovic

Pronunciation

veh-seh-li-no-vich

Height

6' 2"

Weight

170 lbs

Date of Birth

3.24.1999 (22)

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side

Centre

Roster Category

Senior

Player Category

International
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

A young centre back with experience, character, and pace, Serbian youth international Ranko Veselinović joined Whitecaps FC on loan from Serbian SuperLiga club FK Vojvodina in February 2020. In October of the same year, he was acquired via pemanent transfer and is signed through 2023.

WHITECAPS FC
'20:
 Veselinović made16 starts in 18 league appearances as part of the 'Caps young backline, adapting quickly with the pace and style of MLS. He finished tied for third across MLS with 22 blocks, and in the top 20 with 78 clearances. He also made the start against Sporting KC in the Round of 16 matchup at the MLS is Back Tournament. He set a new 'Caps single-match MLS record with six blocks against San Jose Earthquakes at the MLS is Back Tournament. He also had a five-block outing later during the season in a win over LAFC.

FK VOJVODINA
'17-'20:
Prior to his arrival in Vancouver, Veselinović had played his entire career with his hometown club FK Vojvodina. A member of the youth academy since 2011, Veselinović made his first team debut on September 16, 2017 and signed his first professional contract on October 27, 2017. During the 2019-20 season in the Serbia SuperLiga, Veselinović was named team captain in the summer, had started 19 of the first 20 matches, and helped his side reach third overall in the league prior to the winter break. In total, the centre back made 59 league appearances for FK Vojvodina, as well as five appearances in the Serbian Cup.

INTERNATIONAL
Internationally, Veselinović has represented his country at the U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, and U-21 levels.

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