We are delighted to announce that USA international Chris Mueller has signed a pre-contract to join Hibernian from Orlando City next year!
The talented 24-year-old will join up with Jack Ross’ squad on 1 January 2022 following the conclusion of the MLS season.
Mueller, who has two caps for the US national team, predominantly features on the right wing and has impressed in America. He was runner-up for the 2018 MLS Rookie of the Year Award.
“I am very excited to have Chris Mueller join Hibs," said executive chairman Ron Gordon. "He’s an exceptional player with a knack for goal.
"This signing speaks to our commitment to build and improve on last season. I know he will be an exciting addition to our very strong squad. I am confident he will become a fans' favourite.
"Most importantly, I’m delighted that Chris saw Hibs as the right club for him and the next step in his blossoming career. I am very much looking forward to welcoming Chris to Hibs and Easter Road.
"Lastly, a big thank you to the entire football department for all their diligent work on this signing and throughout this transfer window so far.”
"Chris was someone who was brought to our attention a number of months ago," added head coach Jack Ross. "We worked long and hard to make this deal happen.
"Chris is an exciting signing and his recent performances with Orlando have been terrific. He has a skillset that we think is going to be really well suited to Scotland.
"He can score goals and add creativity and he has an impressive mindset as both an athlete and a person.
"Chris' arrival is also an example of us widening our net. It is great to have another player join us with international experience. We also have the likes of Alex Gogic, Martin Boyle, Kevin Nisbet and Paul Hanlon who have been capped and Chris will add to that experience and squad depth."
During his time with the Orlando City, Chris has made over 100 appearances and scored 21 goals. He had his most fruitful campaign in-front of goal during the 2020 campaign scoring 10 in 22 league appearances. So far this season, he has scored two goals and set up four for his teammates in 13 appearances.
Mueller is the latest US international to join Hibs following in the footsteps of Emerson Hyndman and Jonathan Spector.