Ex-West Brom and Nottingham Forest striker Robert Earnshaw trialing with Vancouver Whitecaps

Robert Earnshaw is hoping that his relationship with former Wales teammate and now-Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson will land him a full-time deal with the MLS club.

Robert Earnshaw is looking to catch on with his third MLS team in three seasons for 2015, with the Vancouver Whitecaps confirming that the Welsh striker has joined the club on trial.

Earnshaw, 33, first moved to MLS to sign for Toronto FC in 2013, scoring eight times in 26 regular-season appearances, before being released at the end of the campaign to make room for the big-name signings of fellow front men Jermain Defoe and Gilberto.

Going back to the UK, the former Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion marksman signed a short-term deal with Blackpool last March, but made just one appearance during his two-month stint before opting to give the US another go.

Managing to earn a deal with the Chicago Fire in August for the closing stretch of 2014, he proved an excellent option off the bench amid the team's overall struggles, scoring three times in one start and four cameos to make the case to return for next season.

However, Earnshaw proved one of several casualties of the club's dramatic offseason rebuild following a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference, and has now been forced to turn to an old friend in a bid to keep his MLS career alive.

Reuniting with former Wales teammate and now-Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson, the 58-times capped international will have to prove over the course of preseason that he is worth a roster spot for the coming campaign.

The Canadian outfit do have a clear need for help up top at this point, although it’s more of an imposing focal point of the attack than a short, quick poacher who the likes of Robinson should be targeting to help better 2014’s Western Conference Knockout Round appearance.

Nevertheless, with Earnshaw boasting a scoring record in English football of 198 goals in 459 total appearances over spells at childhood club Cardiff City, West Brom, Norwich City, Derby County and Forest, he has the finishing instincts to still make a real impact at the MLS level.

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