The USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds terminated the contract of Jamaican international Romeo Parkes
after he kicked Canadian Karl Ouimette
in the back as the New York Red Bulls II defender
was leaving the field after they had both been red carded late in their USL match on Saturday. The move came after the USL suspended Parkes, who was named to Jamaica's Copa Centenario preliminary
roster, pending an investigation into the assault.
Ouimette was stretchered off the field following the incident, which took place late in the match won by Red Bulls II, 3-1. The loss
left the Riverhounds winless in six games with the second worst record in the 29-team USL behind only FC Montreal, which has lost all six games.
“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,” Pittsburgh owner Tuffy Shallenberger
said. “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.”
The 6-foot-3 Parkes joined the Riverhounds in February from El Salvador's Isidro
Metapan, where he spent the last two years. He scored five goals of Pittsburgh's seven goals in six games.
Ouimette was on loan from the MLS Red Bulls for whom he started six games. His
move to the Red Bulls II came after their parent club acquired Aurelien Collin
from Orlando City. No information has been released on Ouimette's condition.