Chris Mueller returns home, joins Fire

The Fireplace acquired Schaumburg native and winger Chris Mueller on a free switch from Scottish Premier League membership Hibernian F.C.

Mueller, who’s returning to MLS after simply half a season in Scotland, agreed to a four-year contract that features a staff possibility for 2026.

The Fireplace acquired MLS rights to the 25-year-old from Orlando Metropolis SC for $500,000 in Basic Allocation Cash — $250,000 in each 2022 and 2023 — plus the Fireplace’s first-round choose within the 2023 draft. Orlando additionally will get MLS discovery rights to an unnamed participant, might obtain $150,000 extra in GAM based mostly on efficiency and would get a share of future switch charges.

A product of Sockers FC Chicago, Mueller involves the Fireplace with 141 skilled appearances throughout all competitions in MLS and the Scottish Premier League. The winger initially started his skilled profession 5 years in the past after being chosen by Orlando because the sixth total choose within the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.

In 126 appearances with Orlando, Mueller had 22 objectives and 20 assists in 4 seasons. In 2020, he had a career-high 10 objectives to steer the staff in scoring and guided the Lions to their first-ever MLS postseason berth.

Following his time in Orlando, Mueller joined Hibernian F.C. in Jan. 2022 on a free switch. Total, he made 15 appearances throughout all competitions for the Scottish facet. On the worldwide stage, Mueller has earned two caps (one begin) with the U.S. Males’s Nationwide Crew, scoring two objectives in a 6-0 pleasant win over El Salvador on Sept. 12, 2020.

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