Chicago Fire Sign Welsh International Forward Robert Earnshaw
CHICAGO (Friday, August 15, 2014) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Friday that the club has signed Welsh striker Robert Earnshaw. Per Club and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Earnshaw will be added to the Fire roster upon receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“Robert is a veteran player with a wealth of international experience,” said Fire head coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. “He’s a gifted, natural goal-scorer who is already familiar with the League, and we’re glad to have him join the Fire as we continue the second half of the MLS campaign.”
Earnshaw most recently represented English Championship side Blackpool, where he made one appearance.
The Welsh international joined Toronto FC prior to the start of the 2013 season. In 26 MLS matches, Earnshaw scored eight goals, including a brace in just his second appearance with the club in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on March 9.
A product of Cardiff City’s youth program, Earnshaw made his professional debut with the senior side in 1998. Through 2004, Earnshaw made 168 appearances and scored 83 goals across all competitions for Cardiff.
In 2004, Earnshaw then joined Premier League side West Brom Albion, scoring 12 goals in 43 matches. During the January 2006 transfer window, 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 before re-joining Cardiff in 2011. In 2012, Earnshaw was loaned to Maccabi Tel Aviv where he made ten appearances and scored two goals before signing with Toronto FC.
Born in Mufulira, Zambia, Earnshaw moved to Wales when he was nine-years-old and made his senior debut for the Welsh National Team on May 13, 2002. In his debut appearance, Earnshaw scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Germany at Millennium Stadium. Earnshaw has since scored 16 goals in 58 international appearances for the Dragons.
Date of Birth:
April 6, 1981
Signed Aug. 15, 2014