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Hounds Welcome New Striker, Jamaican Romeo Parkes


Romeo Parkes

On the heels of the departure of Rob Vincent to DC United, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds moved quickly to sign another goal scoring threat, Romeo Parkes, pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.
Parkes is a Jamaican national team forward most recently played for Isidro Metapán in El Salvador’s top division where he scored 10 goals during the team’s run to the Apertura championship in December 2014.
The 25-year-old Kingston native has represented the Reggae Boyz at full national team level as well as at the Under-23 and U-20 brackets.  In two appearances with the National Team, he has not scored any goals.
Here’s a YouTube clip of some of Parkes’ highlights…

Parkes began his playing career in his home country with St. George’s. He played for three other Jamaican teams before moving to Central America in 2014.
This acquisition quickly answers some of the questions about what the Riverhounds will be doing to replace the loss of Vincent, who scored 21 goals in all competitions in 2015.
Head coach Mark Steffens has brought significant firepower to his attack during the off season with the addition of Corey Hertzog, Zak Boggs, Alex Harlley and now Parkes.
In addition, the Hounds return a few dangerous players including All-USL second team selection, Kevin Kerr, who scored 10 goals and had nine assists on the right flank and Lebo Moloto in 2015 and Lebo Moloto who tallied six goals and seven assists in the attacking midfield spot in Steffens’ 4-2-3-1 formation.
Something tells me we’ll still see a lot of goals scored at Highmark Stadium this year.
There will be significant competition in preseason among all players for spots in the lineup.   The Hounds will begin preseason with a friendly against Penn State University on February 28 at State College.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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