Robert Earnshaw has provided the Chicago Fire a much-needed boost since returning to MLS last month, with the 33-year-old forward rescuing a point for his side in Thursday’s 1-1 draw at the Philadelphia Union after a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser.
Coming off the bench for the final 13 minutes, Earnshaw’s strike came after Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi made a calamitous error, shanking a clearance straight to the Fire sub, who dribbled alone on goal and chipped one over the Algerian World Cup star to earn his club a record-setting 17th draw of the regular-season.
The Welsh international has been in fine form over the past few weeks despite making just one start, scoring three goals in five appearances to solve the Fire’s previous goalscoring struggles in the absence of the injured reigning-MLS MVP Mike Magee.
Earnshaw also impressed during his previous stint in MLS with Toronto FC, netting eight times in 26 games over the 2013 season after arriving from Cardiff, but saw the team decline his contract at the end of the campaign in order to make room for the big-name signings of fellow front men Jermain Defoe and Gilberto.
Moving back to the UK, the former West Brom and Nottingham Forest marksman signed a short-term deal with Blackpool in March but made just one appearance during his two months in Lancashire before returning to North America.
Boasting a commendable record of 198 goals in 459 total appearances in English football, Earnshaw’s contract with Chicago is thought to be a short-term deal, but there could be the option of an extension if he continues to find the back of the net over the remaining four games of the regular-season.