You need a full 90 minute performance to take down a team like Atletico Madrid. And in a game like the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, where you’re not limited to three subs, your starting XI likely isn’t going to be the difference maker at the end of the day. You need to find that perfect super-sub to change the game.
Enter Chris Mueller.
The 22 year-old Chicago native has been a breath of fresh air since being drafted 6th overall out of Wisconsin last year by Orlando City. Mueller has produced, with six goals and ten assists so far in his career, and he’s on pace to comfortably eclipse last year’s 3 G/7 A mark this season.
But it’s what Mueller has done coming off the bench that has made him a fan favorite in Orlando. Mueller has contributed a goal or an assist in three of his past five substitute appearances, including the fastest goal from an MLS sub this year against Colorado, when he entered and scored in 110 seconds:
Mueller has two goals and an assist in just 109 minutes as a sub this year. The former All-American also scored his first career goal coming off the bench in last year’s thrilling comeback win over Portland.
Ironically, Mueller’s success coming into games late has cemented his place in Orlando City’s starting XI. Mueller has started and played at least 83 minutes in each of his past three games, putting at least one shot on frame in each and teeing up a Tesho Akindele tap-in in last weekend’s beatdown of Montreal. Should he be voted into the Fan XI on July 31, he’d be a welcome addition.
Most Memorable Moment
Mueller hasn’t just scored quickly off the bench in his career. He scored the fastest goal in Orlando City history on April 21 of last season against San Jose, finding the back of the net in just 65 seconds: