Finally, some decent news to report in this new year. FC Dallas announced on Thursday morning that they have officially re-signed defender Zach Loyd to a new contract. The terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
FCD technical director Fernando Clavijo had previously stated in a media call last month that the discussions with Loyd had been going well and were progressing to the point of a new deal. From the club's press release Clavijo had the following to say:
"It was always a priority for FC Dallas to sign Zach to a new agreement," said FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo. "It was not until the season was over that we started to make progress. Zach has been a big part of FC Dallas for the last four seasons and we are ecstatic to have him back."
Loyd has appeared in 111 games in the last four seasons for FC Dallas. The UNC product has scored three goals and added seven assists in 102 starts. He recorded his lone goal of the 2013 season in a 3-0 win against the Houston Dynamo in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition on June 12.
The big question will become, what kind of deal did Loyd get with FCD? Last year he made $136k in total compensation. Getting a slight bump in pay should be expected for a player like Loyd, even though most would say his 2013 was a 'down' season in terms of play. If anything getting him back signifies the competition that will take place at the full-back position for 2014.
We're still waiting to get an official word about Peter Luccin but all signs are pointing to a new deal there as well.