Brad Guzan wins in first EPL start

Updated: December 11, 2011, 1:45 AM ET
Associated Press

BOLTON, England -- 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.


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