Wow, this was one of those “everything is happening” weekends for those who follow Canadians in the North American professional leagues.
Maybe the biggest talking point of the weekend came from the USL, where Canadian defender Karl Ouimette was the recipient of a kick to the back from Pittsburgh’s Romeo Parkes. Ouimette, who had just been sent down by the New York Red Bulls to their USL affiliate, started for the NYRBII on Saturday night. In the 87th minute, he was part of a fracas that resulted in both he and Parkes getting sent off. As Ouimette walked off the field, he and Parkes exchanged words, though Ouimette did not turn around to face the Pittsburgh player. Parkes charged at Ouimette from behind and kicked the Canadian in the back. Ouimette had to be stretchered off the field.
The USL issued an immediate suspension to Parkes pending a coming decision on the term of his suspension. On Sunday, about half a day after the game, the Riverhounds announced they had terminated Parkes’s contract — even though the player was already suspended and was going to be subject to greater league discipline. The Riverhounds’ front office made the decision to beat any USL pronouncements on the case by cutting ties with the player.
Of course, the renovated BMO Field opened up with a Toronto FC victory. The Whitecaps came back to beat Portland and the Montreal Impact came back from 4-1 down to draw Columbus, 4-4, in what was easily the wildest MLS offering of the weekend.
In NASL, Nana Attakora scored his first goal for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers as they upset the table-topping Carolina RailHawks. And, on Monday, Attakora, who also had an assist, was named the NASL’s player of the week. And Marcel de Jong got his first NASL goal late in the second half to give the Ottawa Fury a 2-2 draw with Minnesota.
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