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WATCH: Vile attack in USL match should lead to massive suspension

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People make mistakes, but this one is close to unforgivable and perhaps should see a USL player in an American police station.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds forward Romeo Parkes turned into a very different sort of attacker during an incident with New York Red Bulls II defender Karl Ouimette.

A Canadian national teamer, Ouimette had been shown red and continued to chatter with Parkes as he walked off the field. Parkes responds by kicking Ouimette in the back as the defender walked away.

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Ouimette needed to make taken off the field by stretcher, but later did board the team bus. The USL moved quickly to suspend Parkes. The league says it will begin a “full investigation” of the incident.

Regardless of injury, Parkes shouldn’t play again this year. Want to send a message? That’s how you do it. The USL should say, “This doesn’t stand in our league.” Even if it emerged that Ouimette said or did something incredibly heinous, does that change the fact that Parkes kicked a guy in or near the spine?

Parkes has apologized to everyone, including the city of Pittsburgh because, well, he better.

Even tennis legend Martina Navratilova was moved by the incident:

MLS Preview: Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact

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With Toronto already eliminated from playoff contention, the Montreal Impact were good as dead last weekend down 1-0 to Philadelphia.

Then two players rescued hopes for a Canadian team to make the postseason – one dependable and one surprise.

Marco Di Viao brought himself back to the top of the league’s goals tally with a 64th minute equalizer, and Karl Ouimette got his first MLS goal in the 84th minute, none too late to save Montreal’s hopes.

Now, the Impact are in fantastic position to play on after this weekend – but it’s not done yet.

A win would clinch the first ever playoff berth for Montreal, while a draw could leave an opening for Chicago, New England, or Houston.

And it couldn’t come against a more fitting opponent. It’s a chance for redemption – redemption for a late season slide that very nearly grasped the Impact in its gravitational pull downwards.

Before last Saturday, Montreal had dropped five of their last six matches, and hadn’t won since a 4-2 road win over New England on September 8.  But they’re not done yet, not thanks to last week’s heroics.

The Impact will be without defender Alessandro Nesta, who picked up a calf injury against Philadelphia.  He will be retiring at the end of the season, whenever that may come for Montreal.

On the flip side, it’s been a struggle of a season for Toronto, but they could play spoiler against one of their biggest rivals.  They’re coming off their fourth consecutive road loss, but coming home will provide a bit of a boost.

But Montreal’s ready for the rivalry matchup. “If they can knock us out of the playoffs, or even knock us down to that fifth spot where we have to play an extra game, it’d be great for them” said Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins. “For them to get a result, the way they’ve had this whole season, would be a huge relief for them going into next year.”

The Impact have a serious test Saturday, one that will tell the world whether Montreal are truly over their late-season slide, or if last weekend wasn’t enough to escape the black hole.