How he joined the Club: Acquired via free transfer from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang on March 14, 2019 with Discretionary Targeted Allocation Money (DTAM) and Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).
2019 (CHICAGO FIRE): Made his MLS debut with the Chicago Fire on March 30 in a 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls ... Registered his first MLS start with the Fire in a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 12 ... Recorded his first two assists in MLS, contributing to the Fire's 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on April 20, where he was awarded Man of the Match ... Scored his first goal of the season and recorded two assists in a 5-0 win against the New England Revolution on May 8 ... Scored his second goal in as many games contributing to the Fire’s 2-0 win over Minnesota United FC on May 11.
Gaitán joined the Fire with a wealth of experience at the professional level, including 274 league appearances and 42 goals in the top divisions in Argentina, Portugal, Spain and China. A native of San Martín, Argentina, Gaitán originally began his professional career with Boca Juniors in 2008, making his debut after rising through the club’s academy system. In two seasons with Boca Juniors, he made 65 appearances (31 starts), scoring 12 goals in league play.
In 2010, Gaitán was transferred to Portuguese powerhouse Benfica. Following his first season with the club, Gaitan was named the Portuguese League’s Breakthrough Player of the Year after helping his team secure the Portuguese League Cup. Across six seasons (2010-16) at Benfica, he compiled 152 league appearances and won three Primeira Liga titles, five Portuguese League Cups and one Taça de Portugal trophy.
Additionally, Gaitán made 68 appearances in the UEFA Champions League during his time with Benfica, including a career high for games played and starts (14) during the 2011-12 competition.
Following six successful seasons with Benfica, Gaitán joined La Liga club Atlético Madrid ahead of the 2016-17 campaign. In two seasons with the club, Gaitán made 29 appearances in the Spanish first division and featured in nine Champions League matches. On Feb. 26, 2018, Gaitán joined Chinese side Dalian Yifang. He made 28 appearances (28 starts) for the club.
At the international level, Gaitán has earned 19 caps for the Argentina National Team since making his senior-team debut in a 2-0 friendly win over Ghana on Sept. 30, 2009. Most recently, Gaitán appeared in five matches for Argentina during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying and three matches during the 2016 Copa America Centenario.