Whitecaps sign two Canadian national team defenders, including Edgar

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David Edgar has one of the more dynamic resumes in Canadian soccer, and he’s coming home.

Edgar, 29, has spent the last decade in the United Kingdom, starting at Newcastle United before appearing for Burnley, Swansea City, Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United.

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The 6-foot-4 defender hails from the other side of Canada (Ontario), and has 37 caps for his country. On the club side, he’s scored a pair of goals in the Premier League during his time on Tyneside.

From WhitecapsFC.com:

“I’m delighted to sign for Whitecaps FC and especially to be back in Canada,” Edgar said. “After all my years in England, it has always been in my plans to come and be a part of MLS. I’m very excited for this next step in my career and to be a part of a fantastic organization like Whitecaps FC. I already feel at home at BC Place being part of the Canadian national team and the recent World Cup qualifiers here. Hopefully there are many more exciting times ahead for the fans and for this team. I can’t wait to get started.”

The idea of Edgar alongside Kendall Waston or Tim Parker has to have ‘Caps coach Carl Robinson over the moon, but where will he slot in? Could a 3-5-2 be in play?

Vancouver also added Canadian national teamer Marcel de Jong, 29, who had cups of coffee with Sporting KC and the NASL’s Ottawa Fury since coming back to North America from FC Augsburg.

The ‘Caps are in the West’s sixth spot after winning just one of their last six outings.