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UPDATE: Parkes Suspended from USL For Remainder of Season


Romeo Parkes

UPDATE:  May 10, 2016: 3:50 p.m.
In a published release, United Soccer League (USL) took further action, after the Pittsburgh Riverhounds terminated the contract of Jamaican forward Romeo Parkes, the league suspended Parkes for the remainder of the season and fined him an undisclosed amount.  
Here’s an excerpt from the USL official release: 

USL Suspends Romeo Parkes for Remainder of 2016 Season

TAMPA, Fla. – After conducting a thorough review, the United Soccer League has suspended former Pittsburgh Riverhounds player Romeo Parkes for the remainder of the 2016 regular season and playoffs and he has been fined an undisclosed amount.

“There is no place in our game for this type of unprofessional conduct and our decision reinforces the USL’s commitment to preserving the integrity and reputation of the game,” said Jake Edwards, President of the USL.
“Player safety is paramount and any type of behavior that is detrimental to the well-being of our players will not be tolerated.”


Sunday, May 8, 2016: 2:55 p.m.
Less than a day after an incident late in the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls II in which he was ejected from the game and subsequently kicked Red Bulls’ Karl Ouimette, the Riverhounds leading scorer Romeo Parkes‘ contract was terminated.
The Riverhounds issued a formal statement early Sunday afternoon:

Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated the contract of Romeo Parkes following Saturday’s match against the New York Red Bulls II. Announced by team owner Tuffy Shallenberger, the team cited conduct detrimental to the team and the United Soccer League.
“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.”

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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