US goalkeeper starts in English Premier League

American goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his first start in the

English Premier League on Saturday, taking the gloves for Aston

Villa in its 2-1 win at Bolton.

The 27-year-old Guzan was promoted to the starting spot after

Shay Given tore his left hamstring last weekend, ruling the Ireland

international out for a month.

Guzan made a number of good saves at the Reebok Stadium,

particularly ones either side of the break from Kevin Davies then

Chris Eagles, but was denied a clean sheet when Ivan Klasnic scored

in the 55th minute from Bolton.

Guzan’s only two previous appearances for Villa in the league

since his move from Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA in July 2008

were as a substitute. However, he’s regularly called up to play in

the cup competitions.

Guzan was a member of U.S. team at last year’s World Cup.