Toronto FC beats Whitecaps 2-1 in Canadian semi

The Associated Press
Toronto FC beats Whitecaps 2-1 in Canadian semi
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Toronto FC defender Doneil Henry, right, heads the ball against Vancouver Whitecaps forward Nicolas Mezquida, left, during first half semi-final Amway Canadian Championship soccer action in Toronto on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

TORONTO (AP) -- Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley scored to help Toronto FC beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal.

Defoe scored in the first half, and Bradley made it 2-0 in the 89th. Kekuta Manneh scored for Vancoouver in stoppage time.

The second leg is next week in Vancouver. In the other semifinal opener, FC Edmonton beat the defending champion Montreal Impact 2-1.

The Voyageurs Cup winner will earn a spot in the 24-team CONCACAF Champions League. The CONCACAF Champions League winner advances to the FIFA Club World Cup.