Cristian Arango extended his scoring tear with his seventh goal in four matches, and Los Angeles FC stayed in the MLS playoff race with a 3-0 thrashing of the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders. Brian Rodríguez and Latif Blessing scored in the first half as LAFC moved into a seventh-place tie and a temporary playoff spot by goal differential over Vancouver. Seattle struggled while its winless skid stretched to four games. The Sounders are still three points ahead of Kansas City and Colorado atop the conference table, but Sporting has two games in hand and the Rapids have one.
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Soccer player Josh Cavallo has come out as gay in a public statement ahead of the A-League season. The 21-year-old Adelaide United midfielder says he's the first player to openly come out while playing in Australia's top-flight soccer league. Cavallo says “I want to inspire and show people that it’s okay to be yourself and play football. It’s okay to be gay and play football.” Cavallo says he's received so much encouragement and support that he's now asking himself the question: “Why have I been hiding this burden for so long?”
AC Milan has again struggled in a 1-0 win that saw it move three points clear at the top of Serie A. Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute to help Milan move clear of second-place Napoli ahead of its match against Bologna. Salernitana moved off the bottom of the table as it snatched a 2-1 win at 10-man Venezia for Stefano Colantuono’s first victory in charge. Genoa drew 1-1 at Spezia.
Defending champion Borussia Dortmund reached the third round of the German Cup with a 2-0 victory over second-division club Ingolstadt. Julian Brandt set up substitute Thorgan Hazard for both goals after the Belgium forward came on in the 71st minute. Hertha Berlin progressed earlier with a 3-1 win at fourth-division club Preußen Münster. Dominik Szoboszlai’s strike before the break was enough for Leipzig to win 1-0 at fourth-division club Babelsberg. Former Bundesliga club Schalke was knocked out with a 1-0 loss at third-division club 1860 Munich. Hoffenheim routed second-division club Holstein Kiel 5-1 at home.
Arnaut Danjuma has scored five minutes into stoppage time as Villarreal salvaged a 3-3 draw against Cádiz in the Spanish league. Danjuma got the equalizer with a shot from inside the area to keep Unai Emery’s team from losing its third league match in a row. Anthony “Choco” Lozano scored a hat trick for Cádiz, whose winless streak reached six matches. Lozano scored twice in the first half and once after halftime to give Cádiz a two-goal lead until Boulaye Dia pulled the hosts closer in the 80th minute. Pau Torres had evened the match for Villarreal in the first half.
Arsenal and Chelsea have reached the quarterfinals of the League Cup. Reece James netted the penalty that sealed Chelsea’s 4-3 victory against Southampton in the shootout at Stamford Bridge. The game was tied 1-1 through 90 minutes after Kai Havertz’s header for Chelsea just before halftime was canceled out by Che Adams’ tap-in two minutes into the second half. There was another all-Premier League encounter at Emirates Stadium where Arsenal beat Leeds 2-0 after goals from Calum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah.
Wolfsburg has appointed former Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt to take over the team following Mark van Bommel’s dismissal. Wolfsburg says the 39-year-old Kohfeldt is getting a contract through 2023 and will start coaching the team on Thursday. Kohfeldt was Bremen coach from October 2017 until last May. He was fired by the club in an ultimately futile bid to avoid Bundesliga relegation. Wolfsburg fired Van Bommel on Sunday after only nine league games in charge. The Dutch coach had started well with five wins in all competitions but it has since gone five matches in the Bundesliga and three in the Champions League without a victory.
The German soccer league says more than 90% of players, coaches and staff from the 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and second division have received vaccines against the coronavirus. The DFL says its figure is based on voluntary information provided by the clubs and that it does not have specific information on individuals. It recommends vaccination against the coronavirus for all involved in match operations. A debate is taking place in Germany after Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich expressed his reluctance to get vaccinated over concerns of potential long-term risks. Experts have said the risks from contracting COVID-19 far outweigh any dangers from a vaccine.
Scottish soccer coaching great Walter Smith has died. He was 73. Smith won 10 league titles with Rangers over two spells and also led the national team. Rangers announced Smith's death and chairman Douglas Park says the “club legend” had been battling illness. Smith won seven straight Scottish league titles as well as three Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups in his first spell at Rangers from 1991-98. He returned in 2007 and won three straight league titles from 2009, five domestic cups and guided Rangers to the UEFA Cup final in 2008. He also coached Everton in the Premier League.
Bayern Munich soccer star Joshua Kimmich has found himself at the center of a debate in Germany over the merits of vaccination against the coronavirus. The 26-year-old Kimmich confirmed over the weekend that he is yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of his concerns about the effects of the vaccines. Kimmich said it is “very possible that I will get vaccinated.” His comments were welcomed by the far-right Alternative for Germany party. They led to dismay among those who are banking on vaccines as a route back toward normalcy at a time when infection rates are climbing again in Germany.