The latest addition to the Vancouver Whitecaps attacking rotation has been a great one, as James Bufton detailed nicely in his article here. Cristian Techera has given Carl Robinson a few more options for his lineup on match day, but, it certainly has made the striking stable a bit crowded. As a result, we haven't seen much of Erik Hurtado lately, and we haven't seen much of veteran MLS striker Robert Earnshaw at all.
Even as a substitute, Earnshaw has watched youthful legs go in front of him, like Kekuta Manneh, and Darren Mattocks. It's a shame too, because Earnshaw has shown he clearly has some gas left in the tank and the Whitecaps could really use some goal scoring ability; They have just five goals in their last five MLS regular season matches.
I"m not saying Earnshaw is the sole solution to the Whitecaps scoring conundrum, but he certainly already has street cred. Ernie's only played seven minutes of MLS soccer in 2015, and he's already responsible for one of the most memorable moments of the season.
Earnshaw may get some playing time when Darren Mattocks heads off to the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, but even then, he's duking it out with Erik Hurtado and others. He may also see some time during the Whitecaps current road trip, as he Carl Robinson might look at rolling out a few different combinations for the final three matches of the five match swing.
The 'Caps really need any help they can get at the position right now; Octavio Rivero and Darren Mattocks have both gone goalless since the Union game on May 9th, a stretch of five matches. Though Kekuta Manneh has been improving, he just broke a goal scoring drought of 10 matches with his winner against the Galaxy, so the go-to guys really need to step it up. The lineup could definitely use some fresh legs, and Robert Earnshaw has had plenty of rest.
What do you think? Who do you want to see in the starting 11?