TORONTO -- 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. The defending champion Montreal Impact were at FC Edmonton in the other semifinal opener Wednesday night.
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.