Germany's Mario Goetze, left, is embraced by captain Bastian Schweinsteiger after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Germany and Poland in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mario Goetze scored twice to help Germany beat Poland 3-1 Friday in their European Championship qualifier and replace the visitors at the top of Group D. The victory also saw the Germans avenge their first ever defeat to Poland last October. Thomas Mueller opened the scoring in the 12th minute, assisted by Cologne defender Jonas Hector, who also set up Goetze seven minutes later.

Posted: September 4, 2015, 10:31 pm

Nemanja Nikolic of Hungary, left, and Ovidio Hoban of Romania fight for the ball during their Euro 2016 qualifying Group F soccer match between Hungary and Romania in the Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary and Romania played to a 0-0 draw Friday in a European Championship qualifier as rival fans clashed before the game, with police using tear gas and water cannon.

Posted: September 4, 2015, 10:18 pm

Albania's Cikalleshi Sokel, center, and Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner challenge for the ball during the Euro 2016 qualifying match in Parken, Copenhagen Friday Sept. 4, 2015. (Lars Poulsen/Polfoto via AP) DENMARK OUT

Denmark failed to take its chance to move away from Albania in their European Championship group with a 0-0 draw Friday, while Serbia beat Armenia 2-0. Sokol Cikalleshi's header in the 23rd minute almost put the visitors ahead but Denmark dominated the second half with attempts by Nicolai Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner and Daniel Agger. A goal after the break by Bendtner was judged to be offside, while the visitors surprised the Danes with more offensive play than expected.

Posted: September 4, 2015, 10:10 pm

Toronto FC 's Jozy Altidore, right, shields the ball from Montreal Impact's Victor Cabrera during the second half of a soccer game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Toronto FC midfielder Collen Warner and Montreal defender Victor Cabrera have received suspensions for violent play. The MLS disciplinary committee suspended Warner for two games Friday and fined him for violent conduct after taking down Dominic Oduro in Toronto's 2-1 victory last Saturday. Oduro had dribbled past a prone Benoit Cheyrou, prompting Warner - seemingly upset that the referee had not stopped play to allow treatment for his injured teammate - to take him down.

Posted: September 4, 2015, 9:34 pm
The San Jose Earthquakes have a chance to make history in their next game but might have a sparse corps of midfielders in that bid. The Earthquakes (11-10-5) became just the league's third team to register four consecutive shutout victories after a 1-0 win over Los Angeles on Aug. 28. Bingham is one shutout behind Portland's Adam Kwarasey for the league lead and has given up two goals in his last six games.
Posted: September 4, 2015, 8:21 pm
Thanks to an agreement with the United States national team, the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC will each have one marquee American player this weekend. There is still some luster lost from this matchup, though, as Italian star Sebastian Giovinco is out due to an injury and wasn't scheduled to play to begin with. Seattle's Clint Dempsey and Toronto's Michael Bradley are available but Giovinco will have to be replaced Saturday night by TFC, which looks to halt a five-match road winless streak in league play.
Posted: September 4, 2015, 7:49 pm
The New England Revolution have credited an improved defensive mindset for pushing them to the verge of their longest win streak of the season and powering an unbeaten run. The Revolution will pursue a fourth consecutive victory Saturday night against an Orlando City club that won't have its top two goal scorers. New England, largely inconsistent for much of this season, is on the upswing again because it's outscored its opponents 9-3 on a 4-0-1 run.
Posted: September 4, 2015, 5:36 pm

Italy's Graziano Pelle', right goes for a header with Malta's Steve Borg during the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Italy and Malta at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

Dragged down by fan violence and match-fixing in recent seasons, Italy's Serie B is introducing virtual green cards to award instances of fair play on the pitch. ''We need to provide good examples - because clearly they're lacking lately,'' league president Andrea Abodi told The Associated Press on Friday. At the end of the season, players or coaches with the most green cards will be rewarded.

Posted: September 4, 2015, 5:22 pm

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