Los Angeles (AFP) - Two goals in the space of three minutes lifted New York City FC to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, strengthening their hold on first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.
Keaton Parks scored his first MLS goal in the 40th minute and Romanian Alexandru Mitrita added his ninth in the 43rd as New York erased an early deficit and extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Chris Wondolowski had scored his MLS record-extending 158th career goal -- and 14th of the season -- in the 20th minute.
But the Quakes slumped to their fifth defeat in their last seven games.
New York, meanwhile, stretched their lead atop the east to six points over the Philadelphia Union, who played Los Angeles FC later Saturday.
New York were pressing when Parks pulled them level. His pass into the box found Gary Mackay-Steven whose shot was pushed out by Earthquakes keeper Daniel Vega.
Parks was there to fire home an equalizer.
"It feels really good to be able to contribute, to score my first goal and get the win today," said Parks, adding he'd taken plenty of flak from teammates about his failure to score to date.
"I missed a lot of chances, but it feels really good now and they can't talk trash anymore."