Major League Soccer

Chris Mueller returns to MLS, joining Chicago Fire from Hibernian

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Mueller never settled in Scotland.
Mueller never settled in Scotland. / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

The Chicago Fire have announced the signing of winger Chris Mueller from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian on a free transfer.

Mueller has signed a deal through the 2025 MLS season with a club option for 2026. Though they paid no fee to Hibs, the Fire did have to send $500,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) to Mueller's former club, Orlando City - $250,000 in 2022 and $250,000 in 2023 - as well as their natural first-round selection in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft and the MLS discovery rights to an unnamed player.

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Orlando retain a percentage of any future transfer fees for Mueller, while they'll also receive another $150,000 in GAM if the player hits certain performance metrics.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Chris back to his hometown,” said Chicago Fire FC Sporting Director Georg Heitz. “Chris is a player who we are very familiar with and his addition, along with the recent arrival of Jairo Torres, will immediately provide more quality and attacking options to the squad.”

Mueller returns to MLS after an unsuccessful stint in Scotland, during which he failed to score in any of his 10 league appearances. His only goal for Hibs came against Arbroath in the cup, though he only started in five of his 13 games across all competitions.

In MLS, Mueller - an Illinois native - notched 22 goals and 20 assists in 126 appearances for Orlando City. The 25-year-old has two goals and one assist in two senior caps for the USMNT.

Mueller, along with fellow new arrival Jairo Torres, will add some much-needed quality and depth to a Chicago Fire attack that has struggled for goals this season, scoring just six times in nine MLS matches so far this season.