• Wales legend joins former West Brom team-mate Richard Chaplow at Californian club
  • Has previous experience in North America as a player and a coach
  • Takes vast playing CV with him into USL Championship role
  • Only player to score a hat-trick in all four English divisions

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WALES legend Robert Earnshaw has joined USL Championship title kings Orange County SC as their new assistant coach for the 2022 season.

The 40-year-old former Cardiff City and Toronto FC striker will be reunited with his ex-West Bromwich Albion team-mate Richard Chaplow who is the Head Coach at the ambitious Californian club.

Sport Careers Agency client Robert said: "I am really excited and honoured to take this next step forward and join the USL Championship champions.

"I can't wait to feel the energy and support of the fans when we look to retain the title.

"My focus will be to add value and bring my experiences to this special organisation and, very importantly, to help our players achieve their goals."

Zambian-born Earnshaw brings a locker full of experience to Orange County after a superb playing career that took in 18 seasons and six countries.

Robert scored 236 goals in 579 club games and scored 16 times in 59 international appearances for his adopted country Wales.

And if you wanted a quick quiz question, he is the only player to score a hat-trick in the top FOUR divisions of English football.

Goal machine Earnshaw hit 10 trebles in all in his career, including one for Wales in a 4-0 destruction of Scotland.

Orange County Head Coach Chaplow knows what he is bringing to the club who operate in the sunshine suburb of Irvine.

Chaplow said: "I am excited to be adding Robert to our coaching staff.

"Having played at the highest level, we know his experiences will be a useful learning tool for us, that has only been strengthened with the coaching journey he has been on.

"He's a great addition to the family, I can't wait to get to work with him."

Earnshaw is no stranger to the game in North America, he had that spell as a player in Canada with Toronto FC and also coached at their MLS rivals Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Caps' reserve side was disbanded and many of the staff then worked at the now defunct Fresno FC in the USL Championship.

That gave Robert, who has been impressing as a TV pundit in Britain during his time out, more grounding at the level he will be working at in 2022.

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