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): Recorded his 10th assist of the season in the Fire's 2-1 loss against the New England Revolution ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on August 17 ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 3-2 win against the Montreal Impact on August 10 ... Recorded his ninth assist of the season in the Fire's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on August 3 ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 0-0 draw against D.C. United on July 27 ... Scored his fourth goal of the seas on July 13 in the Fire's 2-1 loss against FC Cincinnati ... Recorded his 16th appearance on July 13 in the Fire's 2-1 loss against FC Cincinnati ... Recorded a start on July 6 in the Fire's 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City ... Awarded Man of the Match on July 3 for his goal and three assists, helping the Fire defeat Atlanta United FC. With his three assists, Gaitán matched a club record for the most assists in a single match ... Recorded a start in the Fire's 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on June 22 ... Recorded an appearance in the Fire's fourth round U.S. Open Cup match against St. Louis FC, which the Fire lost 2-1 ... Recorded his 12th appearance of the season on June 1 in a 2-0 loss against Atlanta United FC ... Recorded his fifth assist of the season on May 29 in a 3-3 draw against D.C. United ... Awarded MLS Player of the Week as he scored his second goal in as many games in the Fire's 2-0 win over Minnesota United FC on May 11 ... Scored his first goal of the season and recorded two assists in a 5-0 win against the New England Revolution on May 8 ... Made his fifth consecutive start of the season on May 4 in a o-0 tie against Los Angeles FC ... Made his third consecutive start of the season on April 24 in a 1-0 loss against New York City FC ... 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 ... Recorded his first MLS career start with the Fire in a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 12 ... Made his second straight appearance in a 2-2 tie against Toronto FC on April 6, coming on in the 69th minute ... Made his MLS debut with the Chicago Fire on March 30 in a 1-0 win against the New York Red Bulls.
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.