- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (AP) - American defender Eric Lichaj (Lee-high) has made his Premier League debut.

Lichaj, who played his first match for the U.S. national team last month against Colombia, entered for Aston Villa in the 90th minute of Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over Blackpool in place of Barry Bannan.

The Chicago native had made three previous appearances for the Villans: on Aug. 19 at Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, Sept. 22 against Blackburn in the League Cup and Oct. 27 against Burnley in the League Cup.

Lichaj turns 22 on Nov. 17.