Fire add former TFC forward Earnshaw

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After departing the league in 2013, former Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshaw decided he wanted to return to MLS midway through this season.

The Chicago Fire announced on Monday that the club has acquired the former TFC striker on a free transfer, with the Welsh international set to join the team upon receipt of his 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 appeared for Blackpool in the Championship, where he made one appearance. Prior to his move back to England, Earnshaw scored eight goals in 26 games for TFC before having his option declined at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

What do you think of the Fire’s addition of Earnshaw? Will he make a difference for the Fire through the season’s final few months?

Share your thoughts below.

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16 Responses to Fire add former TFC forward Earnshaw

  1. barnie says:


  2. Carlos Valderrama says:

    The missing piece!

    • ATXsportsguy says:

      Earnshaw doesn’t make the Fire a contender but anyone who saw him play in Toronto knows he makes them a better team.

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        Hard to say, I liked him there but that was at TFC’s down ebb. He was basically The Guy. He’s also 33 now and been sitting a lot, which may not be a good combination.

  3. Frank says:

    “Earnshaw most recently appeared for Blackpool in the Championship, where he made one appearance.”

    He WILL be the Fire’s leading scorer by the end of this season.

  4. AJH says:

    We need a centerback!!!

  5. a great guy. a model citizen in his time here. Hopefully he can help them.

  6. NASL to EL PASO TX says:


  7. Marlon Harewood says:

    Did I just hear my phone ring?

  8. Mark says:

    This solves nothing. Should have just taken this money and donated it when they did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which is a better charity than Robert Earnshaw.

  9. Ivan says:

    Is he in his-mid 50s by now?

    Decent enough striker back in the day, but this is embarrassing!

    Joke signing, by a joke team, in a joke league…and you wonder why people are making fun of MLS…

  10. J says:

    The Fire are now well positioned to challenge for a 6th place finish in the Eastern conference.

    This club is cementing its place as the laughing stock of MLS (once the Chivas mess is cleared up, the title is ours!)