Edgar, 29, is currently a free agent after being released by Birmingham City at the end of last season and admitted earlier this month that he would be interested in beginning the next chapter of his career back in North America.
Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson is looking to bring in defensive reinforcements when the MLS summer transfer window opens next month after seeing his side concede 27 goals in their first 16 league games this term, and the Ontario native could well turn out to be the answer to their backline problems.
“It’s always been in my plans to eventually make the move back,” Edgar told the Whitecaps’ official website. “So when this opportunity presented itself, [ Robinson] told me he liked me as a player and just to come and have a look for a couple of days so I thought I’d take him up on the opportunity.”
Edgar, who can play anywhere across the backline or in midfield, originally left Canada in 2001 at the age of 14 to join Newcastle United and went on to make 23 total appearances for the club after earning his first-team debut in 2006.
The utility man later enjoyed a five-year stint at Burnley after being released by the Magpies in 2009 before spending the last two seasons with Birmingham, during which time he took in loan spells at Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United.
At the international level, the versatile defender has been capped 37 times since 2011, scoring three goals, and was handed the captaincy for a 1-1 friendly draw with Azerbaijan earlier this month after usual skipper Julian de Guzman began the game on the bench.