The 2013 offseason was always going to be one of uncertainty for FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd as his contract was set to expire, but with a new year comes a new deal as FCD announced today that the team and Loyd have agreed to a new contract.
“I’m excited. I’ve been there four years now, so I really feel like part of the family,” Loyd told FCDallas.com by phone. “I’m excited for the new season and for the things to come at FCD. I think we’ve got a good group of guys and going forward with the group of guys we have, we can turn things around and have a good 2014.”
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Having been drafted 5th overall out of UNC in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Loyd has been an ironman over the last four seasons for FCD having made 111 MLS appearances, second only to Jair Benitez, while earning three caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team. However, with his initial four-year rookie contract set to expire, there were questions entering the offseason as to whether the Oklahoma-native would be back in 2014 or possibly traded, but Loyd said he wasn’t dwelling on what would be ahead.
In fact, the 26-year-old took time out of his offseason to run soccer camps with his wife in Siguatepeque, Honduras, as well as “living the country lifestyle” hunting in Oklahoma.
“It was a little uncertain, but I’m a man of faith and I trust in God so I knew going in whatever the situation was, whether it was to stay in Dallas or go somewhere else, that everything was going to work out,” said Loyd. “I’m excited to stay in Dallas and be somewhere that I believe in.”
With his contract tied up and a little over two weeks until the team reconvenes for preseason 2014, the focus now turns to a budding roster battle as for the first time since 2010, Loyd has stiff competition at his right back position with the recent emergence of Homegrown defender Kellyn Acosta. Every coach will tell you they want to be two-deep at every position, however, and having two great options at the position will only be a benefit for FCD.
“I think competition brings the best out of everyone,” said Loyd. “Kellyn’s a great player and I think he did really well when he came in for me and I just look at it as another opportunity to come out and have a healthy, competitive preseason.”