USL player terminated following assault

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.

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2 comments about "USL player terminated following assault".
  1. Richard Brown, May 9, 2016 at 8:16 a.m.

    Some people might think he is a coward. I think he just wants to make sure he wins. He can always go back to cleaning toilets.

  2. Kent James, May 9, 2016 at 1:32 p.m.

    I was at this game, and it was surprisingly clean and quite good up to that point (I think the ref had called just a few fouls, and one yellow, and this was around the 85th minute). There was a foul on a Riverhounds player near midfield right in front of the ref, which I was surprised he did not call, then the Riverhounds player that was fouled got the ball back (and may have fouled the player who fouled him), then the Red Bull player took him down badly from behind (borderline red card, but in the context, the ref gave him a yellow). Something happened off the ball (in the box) between Parkes and Oumette while they were setting up the Riverhounds free kick, and the AR called the CR over, after which the CR ejected both players (which preceded Parkes kicking him in the back). But I have to say it takes moral courage for the Riverhounds to terminate the contract of their best goal scorer (especially when he's scored almost all the team's goals) when they are desperate for goals.

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