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.