Riverhounds Release Romeo Parkes Following Ouimette Altercation

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated striker Romeo Parkes’ contract after an altercation in last night’s game against New York Red Bull II which required New York defender Karl Ouimette to be stretchered out of the game.

“I want to apologize to the fans and to the Red Bull II organization, as well as Karl Ouimette, for what transpired at the game last night,” said team owner Tuffy Shallenberger. “Romeo’s actions are not representative of what our organization and its Academy stands for in regards to helping promote and grow the sport in not only the greater Allegheny area, but also nationwide.”

The incident took place in the 87th minute of yesterday’s 3-1 New York victory at Highmark Stadium. Following a rough challenge by Tyler Adams, both Karl Ouimette and Romeo Parkes were involved in a scuffle which led to the referee handing both of them red cards. As Ouimette was leaving the field, Parkes kicked him, studs up, from behind and sending him to the turf. The injured player was stretchered off and the game was concluded following the ugly incident.

Parkes himself responded on his Twitter account stating: “To the fans, my team, the city of PGH, New York Red Bull 2 and the USL, I recognize that my action was wrong and inappropriate. And I sincerely apologize and regret my actions. Despite the continuous altercation throughout the game my further action after I was carded was unwarrented and I ask for my fans, the league and my teammates as well as New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology.”

Going into this game Romeo Parkes had scored five goals in six appearances for the side, proving to be one of the more dynamic strikers in the league in 2016. Unfortunately for himself and Pittsburgh that may be the last we see of Parkes this season.

No official updates yet as to the condition of Karl Ouimette but tweets from teammates that have since been deleted showed him to be in good spirits while being treated.