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 match 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's only two 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.