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Friday, February 18, 2011
L.A. BLUES: 1+1 = Walter Gaitan?

By Scott French

The L.A. Blues won't identify, not yet, their big new signing, but they'll drop a hint or two.

A little homework never hurt anyone, no matter what we claimed back in fifth grade, so let's gather the hints, add them up and see where it takes us.

An Argentine. … Played in Mexico for UANL Tigres. … Won the Primera Division scoring title a few years back.

Hmmm. … Walter Gaitan?

He's the man who fits the description: The Argentine attacking midfielder played for five years for Tigres, from 2002 to 2007, and was the top scorer in 2005 Apertura with 14 goals, leading UANL to the semifinals.

The Blues, who will debut in the third tier USL Pro league this spring, will unveil Gaitan, or some other mystery star, before they open camp next month at Salesian High School in Los Angeles.

Gaitan, 33, a left-footer, has played in Argentina (Rosario Central and Boca Juniors), Spain (Villarreal) and most of the past decade in Mexico (for Tigres, Nexaca and Veracruz). He shares the record for most goals, with eight, in the Clasico Regiomontano rivalry between Tigres and Monterrey.