Zach Loyd and CJ Sapong

Still without a head coach, FC Dallas shore up defense by re-signing right back Zach Loyd

Zach Loyd has only known the red-and-white striped of FC Dallas as a pro, and the plan is to keep it that way -- for the time being at least.

On Thursday, FC Dallas announced they have re-signed the 26-year-old right back and former first-round SuperDraft pick to a new contract. Per team and league policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“It was always a priority for FC Dallas to sign Zach to a new agreement,” technical director Fernando Clavijo said in a statement. “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.”

Drafted fifth overall by FC Dallas in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Loyd appeared in 111 of the club’s 132 MLS regular-season matches over the past four seasons, second only to Jair Benitez (114). The UNC product has scored three goals and added seven assists in 102 starts, and earned the first of his three caps for the US national team by starting and playing 73 minutes against Chile on Jan. 22, 2011.

FCD are still without a head coach, with Colorado head and former assistant Oscar Pareja reported the club's preferred choice. The club has already traded Kenny Cooper to Seattle and Jackson to Toronto this offseason, while adding the services of Ryan Hollingshead and Adam Moffat.

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