Chicago Fire signs forward Robert Earnshaw
A call for help; maybe this time there's an answer for the Chicago Fire. They've reached out to find a another forward, and the club announced on Friday, August 15 the signing of Welsh forward Robert Earnshaw.
Earnshaw has a good deal of experience, most recently with English Championship side Blackpool. He also joined Toronto FC before the start of the 2013 season. In 26 MLS matches he scored eight goals, including a brace in his second appearance with the club.
"Robert (Earnshaw) is a veteran player with a wealth of international experience," Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop said.
"He’s a gifted, natural goal-scorer who is already familiar with the league. We’re glad to have him join the Fire as we continue the second half of the MLS campaign."
Earnshaw was born in Mufurina, Zambia. He moved to Wales when he was nine years old and made his debut with the Welsh National Team on May 13, 2002. In his first appearance, he scored the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Germany at Millennium Stadium. Since then, he has scored 16 goals in 58 international appearances.
In 2004, Earnshaw joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion where he scored 12 goals in 43 matches. In January 2006 Earnshaw signed for Norwich City, scoring 27 goals in 45 matches before departing for Derby County in 2007. Earnshaw then represented Nottingham Forest from 2008-2011 where he scored 35 goals in 98 appearances. He went back to Cardiff in 2011 and in 2012 Earnshaw was loaned to Maccabi Tel Aviv where he made ten appearances and scored two goals before signing with Toronto FC.