The Pittsburgh Riverhounds shocked plenty of their fans on Friday with a signing announcement.
The club announced that Romeo Parkes would wear the Riverhounds jersey once again. The club signed Parkes to a one-year deal, with a club option for 2018 and 2019. His signing is pending approval from the USSF and USL.
Parkes signed with the Riverhounds at the beginning of last season, when Mark Steffens was still in charge. However, during a May 7 match against the New York Red Bulls II, an incident occurred between Parkes and Karl Ouimette.
Parkes received a red card for kicking Ouimette, and was suspended by the Riverhounds and the league. Shortly after, he was released from the club.
However, Riverhounds owner Tuffy Shallenberger has expressed his belief in a changed Parkes, and expects nothing but professionalism.
“Romeo has shown tremendous improvement and maturity as an individual and expressed remorse for his actions last year,” said Shallenberger. “I fully believe he is more than deserving of a second chance to help improve this club. I look forward to embracing his contributions to the Riverhounds organization both on and off the field.”
“It is with humility and excitement that I am returning to the Riverhounds,” Parkes said. “My main objective is to deliver quality soccer and exemplify sportsmanship, and have the opportunity to earn respect, both as a person and a soccer player. Not only have I learned my lesson, but I am more determined than ever to have a positive impact on my community, my team and to make a difference on the field.”
“Romeo is a talented player, and beyond that, someone who we think can fit very well into the type of team we are building here in Pittsburgh,” said head coach Dave Brandt. “He joins a Riverhounds squad that is quite different from the one he left early last season, and he will join an already exciting and talented group that we have in the attack.”
Parkes signed with the club he featured at before he started with the Riverhounds after his departure. In 2016 with Asociación Deportiva Isidro Metapán of the Primera División, Parkes made 26 appearances, to add to his already 70 appearances for the club.
Parkes also has experience with the Jamaican Men’s National Team, making four appearances and scoring one goal. He was on the roster for the 2015 Copa America, but did not make any appearances.
The Riverhounds will travel up to Canada on May 13 to face the Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place Stadium. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
— Romeo O Parkes (@romeoparkes36) May 5, 2017
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