A day after Sporting Kansas City bagged a trophy, FC Kansas City did the same. The club won the NWSL championship, taking down the Seattle Reign, 1-0. Amy Rodriguez headed home the winning goal past Hope Solo in the 78th minute. It's the second year in a row that Seattle has finished the regular season at the top of the table, only to see Kansas City take home the championship.
The USMNT U-23 squad began its road to the Olympic Olympic tournament in Rio with a victory over our neighbors to the north. Twenty-year-old sensation Jordan Morris scored a brace, including the opening goal that came 35 seconds into the game.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. Serie A, the Italian league that is typically known for its defensive play and general terribleness, is actually enjoyable this year. Only one 0-0 draw through six weeks, and last seasons' top clubs are struggling this time around, leading to the rise of new clubs.
Europa League action didn't produce many interesting results Thursday, but Liverpool once again ended with a 1-1 draw against inferior competition at home. That's been happening quite a bit lately, and it's resulted in an incredibly important derby match against Everton that could determine the fate of manager Brendan Rodgers.
What's happening in The A?
The Braves had already clinched their penultimate series against the Nationals, but Washington salvaged a game with a 3-0 win Thursday night.
Julio Jones, the Falcons' dominant wide receiver, is dealing with hamstring and toe injuries and was once again limited in practice Thursday. Despite the news, Jones says that he feels fine.