Robert Earnshaw

 
U-17 Residency Assistant Coach
 

Robert Earnshaw is currently assistant coach for the Whitecaps FC U-17 Residency team. Previously, he was head coach of the U-14 Residency team. The Welshman holds his UEFA B Coaching License.

During an 18-year playing career, Earnshaw had 579 total professional appearances and 236 goals for club and country, scoring 220 goals in 520 matches at the club level in England, Scotland, Wales, Israel, Canada, and the United States.

In the final season of his playing career, Earnshaw played with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and made15 first team appearances across all competitions in his farewell year, including three starts in Vancouver's first-ever CONCACAF Champions League campaign and helped Vancouver win their first-ever Voyageurs Cup in the Amway Canadian Championship. Just three days after signing, he scored a 90th-minute game-winner in his Whitecaps FC debut in a 2-1 victory over Cascadia rival Portland Timbers at BC Place. He would bookend his season with another goal in added time in the 'Caps 3-0 home win versus Houston Dynamo in the regular season finale.

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 winning goal in a 1-0 victory over 2002 FIFA World Cup finalists Germany at Millennium Stadium. In total, Earnshaw played for more than a decade with Wales, earning 59 caps and scoring 16 goals before announcing his retirement from international competition last year.

Earnshaw is the only player to record a hat-trick in every professional league in England, including the FA Cup and League Cup, and for his country at the international level.