Before he became one of the best-known soccer coaches in the U.S., Bruce Arena spent a memorable year coaching at Puget Sound.

Steam poured out from the grille of the “Loggermobile,” the University of Puget Sound’s team bus.

It was not an elegant vehicle. Built sometime in the ’60s, it wasn’t really even a bus at all—it was a 15-passenger stretch Chevy Suburban, the type of ungainly behemoth typically reserved for use as an airport shuttle or an ambulance. Now, on the way back from playing a match at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, the Loggermobile had given up the ghost.

The entire men’s soccer team—some 18 players and coaches jammed together—emerged from this veritable clown car to wander the side of the highway in rural Washington state. A few older players made their way to a gas station, picking up some beers to kill the time.

The team’s coach—a 24-year-old, promising professional goalkeeper named Bruce Arena—jumped into action, heading over to a nearby payphone.

“(Bruce) and his assistant, Frank Gallo, they called UPS and the school just said, ‘Get home any way you can,’” remembers former UPS goalkeeper Ken Tallquist ’78, who laughs as he paints the rest of the picture. “They rented this U-Haul moving truck, I remember. No windows, it had that little area above the cab, like some of them do. Guys were laying up there, or rolling around all over the place. I mean it was pitch black in the back of that thing. We’re hurtling down the road at 70 miles per hour. It was crazy.”