Keaton Parks puts end to teammates trash talk with first MLS goal

Former Redhawk scores for NYCFC


Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Former Redhawk and current New York City FC midfielder Keaton Parks (55) celebrates his goal against the San Jose Earthquakes with midfielder Alexander Ring (8) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. Parks and his NYCFC team will be in Frisco Sunday when they take on FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.

New York City FC midfielder and former Redhawk Keaton Parks put an end to locker room trash talk after scoring his first Major League Soccer goal on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes at Yankee Stadium

“I get a lot of jokes around the locker room that I haven’t scored yet,” Parks said in an MLS story. “I’ve had chances and some of them pretty easy. I missed a lot of chances, but it feels really good now and they can’t talk trash anymore.”

With the help of Parks’ goal, NYCFC ended the game with a 2-1 victory over San Jose.

“I’m glad he finally got one in MLS play,” boys’ head soccer coach Fred Kaiser said. “He scored a couple in the Open Cup prior to that but it wasn’t MLS goal. I’m glad it finally happened. He’s had a couple opportunities but finally got it so pretty excited.”

Since scoring, Parks has received appreciation from friends and family, as well as his current head coach.

“It is amazing, he deserved it because he could have scored before that against Red Bulls, against New England, but he has gone about the midfield,” NYCFC head coach Dome Torrent said in a MLS story. “When we need Keaton to play like a No. 10, No. 8, he can play, he can play the No. 6. He covers a lot of balls. He is an amazing player right now for our team.”

Parks will get the chance to celebrate with his former Redhawk coaches on Sunday when he returns home for a match against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.

“I’m excited about it,” Kaiser said. “I’ll be going with a couple of coaches from other schools that also coached him. We will be sitting right behind the bench. We got front row tickets so we’re excited. We’re ready to go watch him play.”