Player Details


Nicolas Gaitan


5' 7"


150 lbs

Date of Birth

2.23.1988 (36)


San Martin, Argentina


Career Summary

Option declined following 2019 season.

An experienced attacking midfielder who's played for some of Europe's elite clubs as well as the Argentine national team, Gaitan will be expected to add to some significant punch to the Fire's attack going forward in 2019.

INTERNATIONAL: Gaitan has scored twice in 16 caps for the Argentine national team. He was part of the Albiceleste squad that finished as runners-up in the 2016 Copa América Centenario.

OUTSIDE MLS: A product of the famed Boca Juniors youth system, Gaitan got his professional start with the club in 2008 before moving to Portuguese giants Benfica in 2010. Over six years with Benfica, Gaitan helped the club to three league titles, one Portuguese Cup win and five League Cup wins. They also reached the Europa League final on two occasions, with Gaitan being named to the team of the tournament in 2013-14 edition. After his time at Benfica, Gaitan spent one-and-a-half seasons at Atletico Madrid before moving to Dalian Yifeng in February 2018.