US international forward Chris Mueller is set for a move to an unnamed SPFL side later this year, according to a report, after Orlando City confirmed he’d signed a pre-contract with a “European team”.
Mueller, who has two caps for the USMNT, is under contract until the end of the MLS season and, according to MLS insider Steven Goff, will land in Scotland later this year.
Orlando City released a brief statement last night confirming Meuller would be leaving the Lions at the end of the 2021 season, saying: “Orlando City SC and Chris Mueller have been involved in contract negotiations for some time, with the forward’s contract set to expire following the 2021 Major League Soccer season.
“Earlier, Mueller informed the Club that he has signed a pre-contract to join a European team upon the end of his time with Orlando City. The pre-contract was signed in line with all FIFA regulations.
“As noted, Mueller’s contract with Orlando City is valid through the end of the 2021 MLS season and will continue as a member of the Lions’ roster for the remainder of his time in Orlando.”
Where could Mueller end up if he makes move to the SPFL?
Mueller joined Orlando as the number 6 overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft and has gone on to record 20 goals and 22 assists in 96 games for the club.
The Schaumburg, Illinois native can play wide or centrally, and there aren’t many options in Scotland that seem to be a likely fit for him.
A move to either side of the Old Firm doesn’t seem to be on the table, leaving Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs as potential destinations.
Of the three, Easter Road would probably be the best fit in the SPFL for the 24-year-old but he’ll have a key role for OCSC as they currently sit third in the Eastern Conference standings and challenging Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution for first place.