Nashville SC adds David Edgar, former Premier League and MLS veteran

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Nashville SC has added more depth to its defense with the signing of defender David Edgar pending USL and federation approval.

The 30-year-old has spent 13 years playing professional soccer in England’s Premier League, Championship League and most recently Major League Soccer.

“David is a very experienced center back who offers real physical and central experience,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith in a team press release. “He has played at a top level for his country and in his club career, and he is a good addition to our already strong backline.”

Edgar made his Newcastle United first-team debut in the 2006-07 season. The defender made 19 appearances for the club from 2005-2009 scoring two goals. He scored his first Premier League goal on New Year’s Day 2007 in Newcastle’s 2-2 home draw against Manchester United.

Edgar moved to Burnley in 2009 after Newcastle was relegated and spent one more season in the Premier League. He made 99 appearances for Burnley from 2009-2014. Edgar also made appearances for Swansea City, Birmingham city, Huddersfield Town, and Sheffield United before joining the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2016.

He made eight appearances for the club in 2016 before missing the 2017 season with an injury. Edgar injured his right knee after he was has hit by a vehicle in Arizona while on vacation in 2016. He tore the meniscus and the posterior and medial collateral ligaments.

From Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Edgar has been a mainstay on the Canadian National Team since 2011, making 42 appearances for his country including as a captain for the squad during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Before signing with Nashville, Edgar had been training with the Canadian National Team in Spain and came on as a substitute in Canada’s 1-0 win over New Zealand on March 24, 2018, playing 31 minutes.

He told reporter John Molinaro that he feels “really good” and has “stayed positive” about coming back to professional soccer after the injury.

The team announced Edgar will wear jersey number 11 for Nashville SC. Terms of the signing were not released by the team or the league.

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