USL player who launched brutal attack has contract terminated


The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated the contract of Romeo Parkes following his shocking on-field attack last weekend.

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On Saturday Jamaican international Parkes, 25, sent a flying kick into the back of New York Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette after both players had been sent off.

Parkes has since apologized but that hasn’t saved him his job.

In a statement released by the Riverhounds, team owner Tuffy Shallenberger apologized and revealed they had terminated Parks’ contract with immediate effect.

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

“We understand the severity of this situation and made it a point to respond as quickly as possible within our power.”

Head coach Mark Steffens reflected Shallenberger’s sentiments.

“As I stated last night, this is an unfortunate situation and one that was embarrassing for not only myself, but also the staff and the organization.” Steffens said. “The discipline being handed out is one that we, as a staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole.”

You can watch Parkes’ actions in the video above.

He only signed for the Riverhounds this February and has scored five goals in his first six games for the third-tier outfit.

After being called up to Jamaica’s preliminary 40-man Copa America Centenario roster for the tournament this summer, it seems highly unlikely Parkes will be able to find another team in the U.S. in the foreseeable future.