David Edgar is training with the 'Caps as they prepare for the game in Philadelphia on Saturday. Coach Robinson says it is a chance for them to get to know what each other is all about. It is safe to say Robinson is kicking the tires on Edgar. Robbo likes his vocal presence on the back line, his ability to play out of the back and to defend.
Edgar is only beginning his preseason training now but he has been training with the CMNT earlier this month. He comes off the full 2015-16 season on loan to Sheffield United in England's League 1 after 12 appearances for Huddersfield and 16 appearances with Birmingham City of the Champions League in 2014-15. Edgar began his career in Newcastle and then appeared in 99 games for Burnley in the Premier League and the Champions League, he then bounced around the Champions league as he played out his contracts only to be released. Still, he has played in 187 games in the top English leagues.
In Canada's red and white, Edgar has been a part of the senior men's national team and most recently scored in a friendly against Uzbekistan as the team prepares to resume its bid for the Hex and the 2018 World Cup. Edgar has played in 37 games for the national team since 2011 and scored three goals.
He is primarily a CB even though at times in his career he's played at full back, so there is some flexibility in his positioning. If he joins the 'Caps he will be chasing first team minutes against Waston, Parker, Kah, Seiler and Dean, when he is healthy again. That sounds like a lot of CB's to compete with but when you take into account that Andrew Jacobson has dropped out of his natural midfield position and into the back line in a number of games it is clear there are minutes to be had. Perhaps, who this may affect the most is Dean whose unfortunate string of injuries has put him out of selection and once he gets healthy could find himself behind yet one more body in the selection order.
Could the addition of Edgar shore up some of the team's problems on defense this season? At 29 years old Edgar could be an experienced defender for the team for four or five more years. And, he would be another Canadian national team member on the squad.
Is this a deal that makes the Whitecaps better?