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Impact, Timbers advance in MLS Cup playoffs

Impact, Timbers advance in MLS Cup playoffs

Patrice Bernier, Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba scored in the first half and the Montreal Impact beat Toronto FC, 3-0, on Thursday night in Montreal to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Montreal will face the Columbus Crew in a two-game, aggregate-goals series. Game 1 is Sunday in Montreal, and Game 2 is Nov. 8 in Columbus.

Bernier opened the scoring in the 18th minute on a counterattack. Piatti made it 2-0 in the 34th, and Drogba scored 5 minutes later off a pass from Bernier.

Montreal earned home-field advantage for the knockout-round game with a 2-1 victory over Toronto on Sunday at Saputo Stadium. The Impact finished third in the conference, and Toronto...