PITTSBURGH (May 8, 2016) – The 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.”