Mag Minute: FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd

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Zach Loyd

Born: July 18, 1987 (24 years old)

Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.

College: University of North Carolina

Team: FC Dallas and U.S. national team

Position: Defender, No. 17

What do you wish you had more time for?

Bass fishing on the lake. Or anything outdoors. I enjoy being outside.

What do you like best about your job?

The camaraderie of the team. I like being around the guys. It feels like being a part of a family.

What do you hate about your job?

The traveling.

What city do you not mind visiting?

Vancouver, because of the mountains in the background and because the city’s really clean. It’s a beautiful place.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Ice cream. My roommate makes homemade ice cream all the time.

What’s your roommate’s specialty flavor?

Red velvet.

What music would you be embarrassed to admit you listen to?

I don’t mind when 'N Sync or Backstreet Boys come on in the locker room. All the guys start booing, but it doesn’t really bother me because I grew up listening to it.

What’s your pregame meal?

I eat some type of soup and a salad. I eat heavy in the morning and then snack the rest of the day.

What was your best Halloween costume?

One year in college, we painted my whole body up as Captain Planet. It was pretty fun.

What is the last thing you Googled?

Probably the definition of a word. If I’m reading, I look up words I don’t understand.

What is the one thing you always have with you?

A dog tag with my 4-year-old son’s picture on it. I always wear it.