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PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced on Wednesday the club had re-signed Jamaican forward Romeo Parkes to a new one-year deal with a club option for the 2019 season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
“We’re excited to have Romeo back for the 2018 season. We think he can be one of the most dangerous forwards in this league with his power, pace and ability to beat players off the dribble,” said head coach Bob Lilley.
A native of Saint Mary, Jamaica, Parkes has made 30 appearances in a Hounds uniform, including 24 in the 2017 regular season after being signed in early May. The forward tallied nine goals as a member of the Riverhounds, second-most at the club over the past two seasons. Parkes was also one of two players to record multiple assists in a single game last season – Kevin Kerr being the other – and his three helpers on the year trailed only Kerr’s five for the team-lead.
Prior to joining the Hounds, Parkes made 70 appearances over two seasons for Asociación Deportiva Isidro Metapán of the Primera División, the top tier of the El Salvador football league system. He began playing professionally in 2009. The 27-year-old has also represented the Jamaican national team, recording one goal in four appearances.
The addition of Parkes marks the first offseason signing for the Hounds, as he joins fellow Jamaican forward Chevaughn Walsh as the only two players currently under contract for the club.