Los Angeles Soccer: Alyse LaHue

L.A. Blues make Walter Gaitan official

February, 24, 2011

The L.A. Blues spilled their worst-kept secret Thursday, announcing that Argentine attacker Walter Gaitan has signed a one-year contract with the USL Pro side.

Gaitan, who has played for Boca Juniors in Argentina and Villarreal in Spain and while with UANL Tigres led Mexico's Primera Division in scoring for the 2005 Apertura, could be a huge star in the third-division USL Pro, a new league under the United Soccer Leagues' umbrella. The Blues, a new pro club, will play home games at Cal State Fullerton, Centennial High School in Corona and -- just once -- College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita.

The season begins April 15, and the Blues play their home opener May 1 at Fullerton against Barracuda FC from Antigua.

"We are extremely excited to add a world-class player like Walter," Blues head coach/vice president Charlie Naimo said in a statement. “Breaking down defenses and scoring goals is not easy, and throughout his career Walter has proven success doing it."

Gaitan, who also played with Necaxa and Veracruz in Mexico, turns 34 next month. He said he hoped to serve as a mentor to Blues' lesser-experienced players.

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