The Chivas USA manager said that he wanted the signature of the 33-year-old Guatemalan striker, who wound up going to D.C. United.
Ruiz instead signed with D.C. United on Wednesday after being selected in the allocation order by the Eastern Conference club. Chivas failed to claim Ruiz with its 15th place in the allocation order, allowing Ruiz to fall two places further to D.C. at No. 17.
"I wanted him," Chelis admitted to Goal.com in a Spanish interview. "I asked for him, but it couldn't happen. I'm glad he is now with a team in MLS, because he is a good player."
One player that Chelis is not interested in, however, is Mexican-American teenager Juan Pablo Ocegueda. Chelis denied reports that Chivas is tracking the 19-year-old player from Orange County who recently moved from Tigres UANL to Chivas de Guadalajara.
"No, That is another rumor," Chelis said. "Nobody has told me about him, none of the board members has brought that name to me. I know who the kid is, of course, but he is not in consideration."
John Rojas contributed reporting to this article
Click here to Read Goal.com's full interview with Chelis in Spanish