BERLIN – American forwards Jordan Peacock and Sheraldo Becker scored again on Sunday to send Union Berlin to the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.
Becker set up Peacock to open the scoring in the 55th minute, then the Suriname forward made a clear run to seal victory in the 77th minute, giving the Union a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund after seven rounds. .
Union fans gave a warm welcome to Timo Baumgartl, returning to the starting line-up for the first time in five months after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 26-year-old defender’s last league game was against Eintracht Frankfurt in April.
Former Union star Max Kroos was spared a standing ovation from fans as he fell out of favor with Wolfsburg coach Niko Kovac, who said the former Germany international would never play for the club again.
The hosts started well but could not force a victory. Wolfsburg’s defense improved enough to prevent the ball from reaching Union’s speedy Pfock and Becker.
Peacock, whose full name is Theusson-Jordan Sebachio, went a little wider after the break. He then took the ball as Ars Fisher’s side started again with intent. Maximilian Arnold came close at the other end.
Then came the moment the home fans had been waiting for. Baker showed speed against his marker before scoring with a glancing header past Peacock. It was America’s third Bundesliga goal in six appearances since making the summer switch from the young boys.
Baker sealed it when he took Paul Seguin’s pass with his shoulder after Arnold had lost the ball and finished beautifully for his sixth goal of the season.
Peacock and Baker were both given standing ovations when they exited in the 87th.
After six defeats, Bochum was hoping to get his first point against visiting Cologne. Interim coach Heiko Boscher played his first game since the sacking of Thomas Reiss on Monday.
Freiburg tied the seventh round at Hoffenheim.
In the second division, American Terence Boyd scored twice as Kaiserslautern drew 2-2 at Heidenheimer. Boyd, 31, has five goals this season.