That message was given to Sampson, who relayed it to Schmid. He lightened up, and so did the team, which adopted the "Have fun, boys" cheer to remind themselves why they were out there in the first place.
"And we haven't lost since we started the cheer," Krumpe said.
Schmid concedes that he might have been a little too tough. "But I've never been a person who felt afraid to admit I was wrong," he said. "I would have been a bigger fool to perpetuate a mistake."
No one clashed with Schmid more frequently than Getchell, whom Sampson calls "the most skillful player in the country."
Getchell acquired those skills in Recifi, a city in northeastern Brazil that he still considers home.
"In Brazil, there was only one interest and that was soccer," he said. "I don't remember how old I was, but I remember playing my first game barefoot on a dirt lot, with a ball that was flat.
"For all of us, the goal was to become national team players."
His parents, who had gone to Brazil as short-term missionaries, liked it there so much that they stayed until Getchell was of high school age. He wasn't prepared for what he encountered on his return to the States. "Culture shock," he said.
But at least there was still soccer, and when Getchell arrived at UCLA, playing soccer was about all that mattered. He hadn't even met Schmid before coming to school. When he did, it was another jolt.
Not only was Schmid tough, authoritarian and demanding, but his teams played a different style game. Getchell played a game that emphasized finesse and technique.
"When I first came here, we played an English style, a lot of long balls, kick and run," he said. "You had to be fast and tough. I had the worst seasons of my life."
After two years, Getchell couldn't take any more. He gave up his scholarship, left school and returned to Brazil for a year, where he taught English and played soccer.
"I want to end up there," he said. "It's my home. The warmth of the people--\o7 color humano--\f7 makes it special. They say L.A. is laid-back, but it's still life in the fast lane--a lot of money, drugs, and awfully competitive. In Brazil, there's no hurry to get from Point A to Point B. It's polite to be late. People aren't uptight."
But after considerable reflection, Getchell decided that although Brazil may be home, UCLA was where he wanted to get his degree and play soccer. Upon his return, he reconciled his differences with Schmid. Schmid, in turn, gave Getchell more room for creativity.
"He's an ambitious coach, very strict and regimented, and he stresses discipline," Getchell said of Schmid. "And we wouldn't be here without him."
A serious knee injury that required reconstructive surgery put Getchell out for most of last season, and although he said he has regained only 90% of his speed, the step he has lost may have been balanced out by the maturity he gained.
"When you're hurt, all you can do is think," he said.
The added maturity has helped to calm him down as well. "I used to average three or four ejections a year and one yellow card a game," Getchell said. "That Latin temper, I guess."
Coaches Schmid and Sampson have a different explanation for calming Getchell. Other players have a meal several hours before a game, but for some reason, Getchell has to eat just before playing. "A peanut butter sandwich before the game seems to make a difference," Schmid said.
Getchell wasn't the only one set back by injury. Ervine, who started playing soccer when he was 4 and his dad was coaching a youth team in Torrance, was put out of action earlier this season in a game against Nevada Las Vegas.
Ervine caught the studs of a UNLV player's shoes across the top of his foot, bruising the tendons. Sampson said that Ervine was fouled on the play, which only made it that much sweeter for Ervine when he scored in double overtime to beat UNLV, 1-0, in the Western Regional final.
Krumpe called it the most memorable goal of the year.
Recalling the play, Schmid said: "Their fullback mis-hit a goal kick and it came right to Mike Getchell, who kicked it to Ervine, who was coming diagonally from the right side. He had about a half-step on the defender, and from about 25 yards he kicked it into the upper corner of the goal. A beautiful goal."
Ervine, who showed up at an interview wearing a Yankee cap, isn't much of a practice player. But even though he was shifted from midfielder to forward after his injury, the Bruin captain has scored a goal in each of UCLA's playoff victories.
The Bruins went into last Sunday's game against Evansville as decided underdogs. GoalkeeperVanole, a one-time power-hitting left fielder who became a goalie in high school when the regular keeper was hurt, wouldn't like it any other way.
"They were holding up signs there saying, 'UCLA--Another Reason to Hate California,' " Vanole said. "Guys were coming up to us in shorts, saying they were trying to make us feel at home.
"I like playing in front of hostile crowds and shutting them down."
It helps, of course, to have defenders like Krumpe--who has started all but one of the last 89 games in which he has played, even with a badly sprained ankle last week--and Caligiuri, a former U.S. national team captain who was called "as fine a back as you'll see" by Indiana Coach Jerry Yeagley.
UCLA never has played American in soccer. Both schools played in the same tournament earlier this season in Florida. "But Sigi (Schmid) has a funny rule--he doesn't like us watching another team we may play," Vanole said.
So, the UCLA players have little choice but to leave the strategy to Schmid and assistant Sampson, whom Getchell called "tactically, one of the smartest coaches I've ever had."
By now, the Bruin players have their own game plan committed to memory: \o7 "One, two, three. . . . "\f7