Oklahoma City Energy FC has released forward Pete Caringi III, the team announced on Monday.
Caringi hasn’t appeared in a match for Energy FC since June 22, missing the last seven matches dealing with a foot injury but General Manager Jason Hawkins said the roster move was not performance related.
Caringi is heading back to Baltimore to join the coaching staff of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County while also focusing on the completion of his degree. Caringi finished his playing career at UMBC last fall before pursuing a professional career.
“Had a great last weekend in OKC, time to get ready to finish up school. Blessed to have friends for life down here!” Caringi posted to his Instagram account on Monday.
“He came to us and he had presented us with the opportunity to get back (Baltimore) and get his school paid for and also get the chance to finish school,” Hawkins said. “Myself, Jimmy and him (Caringi) came to the conclusion that this was a good decision.”
Hawkins also said that Caringi had only one week to make a decision as the return to school looms. Baltimore-County’s soccer program reports to training camp next week and the team said they needed a decision before then.
Caringi appeared in eleven matches for Energy FC, scoring his first and only professional goal on April 7 in Los Angeles after coming on as a sub at halftime. Caringi started two of the eleven matches he appeared in.