Monday Kickoff: Rapids top Toronto FC, Torres has knee operation and more

Monday Kickoff: Rapids top Toronto FC, Torres has knee operation and more

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Monday Kickoff: Rapids top Toronto FC, Torres has knee operation and more

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Just three days after posting its first win of the season, Toronto FC saw its woes resume, this time at the hands of the Colorado Rapids. Conor Casey converted a pair of penalty kicks to help the Rapids post a 3-1 victory in Colorado on Sunday.

Jeff Larentowicz scored the eventual game-winner for the Rapids, blasting a free kick through the hole in the TFC wall left there by a jumping Julian DeGuzman to make the score 2-1. Conor Casey added his second goal of the day after Toronto defender Maksim Usmanov was whistled for a foul on Casey in the penalty area.

Here are some other stories from the weekend and this morning to get your Monday going:

TORRES HAS KNEE OP, LEAVING WORLD UP IN QUESTION

Liverpool striker and Spanish national team star Fernando Torres will miss the rest of the English Premier League season, and is a question mark for the World Cup after undergoing knee surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined for six weeks.

Torres underwent surgery on Sunday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, ending his club season and putting him on a tight timetable to return in time for Spain's World Cup campaign. The surgery has been deemed a success though, and his World Cup chances appear good barring any setbacks.

TRAVEL WOES AWAIT EUROPEAN CLUBS

The Icelandic volcano eruption that has halted air travel in Europe is doing a number on European clubs trying to travel ahead of this week's tournament semifinals.

Liverpool faces an extremely long trip to Madrid, while Barcelona must take a shorter, yet still difficult trek to Milan to take on Inter in their Champions League semi. Fulham must also find its way to Hamburg despite being unable to fly due to flight bans in Europe that expected to hold through Tuesday.

TOTTENHAM EYEING PIENAAR

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has enjoyed a stellar season for the Toffees and his form has drawn the interest of at least one suitor in Tottenham, which could make a move for him to bolster the Champions League plans it hopes to be making this summer.

Pienaar has one more year on his current contract with Everton and could be on his way out of Everton.

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What do you think of these stories? Impressed with Colorado's win, or are you still convinced Toronto is terrible? Hoping Torres makes it back for the World Cup? Wondering if Everton will reconsider bidding for Landon Donovan if Pienaar leaves?

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