Report: Whitecaps to add Canadian internationals de Jong, Edgar

Jul 11 2016, 3:05 am

The Vancouver Whitecaps will be adding a pair of Canadian internationals to their lineup, according to a pair of reports. Defenders David Edgar and Marcel de Jong, fixtures on the Canadian national team, look like they will officially join the Vancouver Whitecaps this week.

TSN’s Perry Solkowski broke the news on Edgar on Saturday’s broadcast shortly before the beginning of the second half.

“David is here at BC Place and I’ve been told that, probably in the next two to three days, he will be in a Vancouver Whitecap uniform. So news from the Whitecaps that it’s all but done and David Edgar will be back in Canada, the Canadian international, and playing on the west coast.”

Whitecaps beat reporter Marc Weber of the Province confirmed the Edgar news, as well as adding that de Jong will joining the club. Both are “done deals” according to Weber.

The Whitecaps transferred striker Octavio Rivero to Chile last week, so you’d think they’d be in the market for a striker during this transfer window. They still should be, although the stats would suggest that they’re in much more dire need of help on their back line. The Whitecaps are tied for the MLS lead in goals conceded.

*Update: The Edgar signing is official

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Edgar and de Jong should help in that regard.

Edgar, is a 6-foot-4 centre back with loads of experience playing in England and for Canada’s senior men’s national team. The 29-year-old most recently played for Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town, and Sheffield United.

De Jong is a 5-foot-9 left back who played last year with Sporting Kansas City and returned home to play with the Ottawa Fury in the NASL this season. Prior to that, the 29-year-old played professionally for 11 years in the Netherlands and Germany. Like Edgar, de Jong has played for his country on a number of occasions. He started for Canada in their last two World Cup qualifiers at BC Place.

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