Toronto, Edmonton win Canadian Championship semifinal first legs


Michael Bradley scored in the 89th minute to secure the victory for Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship.

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 Vancouver in stoppage time.

The second leg is next week in Vancouver.

In the other semifinal opener, Michael Nonni scored in stoppage time to give North American Soccer League club FC Edmonton its first victory over a Major League Soccer team in Canadian Championship play, 2-1 over the Montreal Impact.

Jack McInerney opened the scoring for defending champion Montreal in the 56th minute, and Tomi Ameobi tied for Edmonton in the 60th minute.

The second leg is next week in Montreal. In the other semifinal opener, Toronto FC beat the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 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.

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