Source: Zach Loyd looks set to trigger Promotion bonus in his contract, a $200 Visa gift card
Winning promotion in the soccer world is a huge financial boost. They say that the English Championship Playoff Final, for promotion to the Premier League, is worth about £200 million, so any club would be wise to reward their coach for such a lucrative accomplishment.
That’s probably why, if LSR achieves promotion, head coach Zach Loyd reportedly has a clause built into his contract that calls for him to collect a $200 Visa gift card that I got as a move-in bonus after changing apartments last weekend.
With three games left in league play, LSR is dead even on points with an identical record as Aguilas FC. Both teams are fighting it out for the second and final promotion spot for a chance to play in the UPSL Central Conference North Championship in the Fall.
Loyd would only be the second ever head coach to earn promotion from the 3rd division of the 5th division of American soccer, following Jesse Siragusa and FF Premier’s dominating Spring 2019 season that saw them clinch promotion with weeks left in the season.
Owners around the league have expressed concern that LSR is creating lofty standards for coaching contracts within UPSL, but LSR continues to push forward as the trendsetting, local, free-range startup club that it is.
After all, how else is LSR supposed to fend off other coaching offers that Loyd is bound to receive? Being only the second man in history to coach a club from the 3rd division of the 5th division of American soccer to the 2nd division of the 5th division of American soccer is not to be taken lightly.
Without a doubt, bigger clubs have taken notice and it is LSR’s job to secure Zach Loyd long term without thinking of the reverberating consequences around the league.
One way to accomplish this is by handing over any and all promotional gift cards received throughout the year. His signing bonus before the season, for example, was a $50 Olive Garden gift card and a pink Google Home Mini that club President Scott Smith received when he changed energy providers in February.
Only time will tell if this practice will cause headaches for other UPSL club owners in the future. For now, it shows that LSR is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Zach Loyd around for their fan - including signing shorter apartment leases.