Argentine native Mario Degl’Innocenti, a former agent of many players in the original North American Soccer League, has passed away.

United Soccer League founder Francisco Marcos, who worked in the front office of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Dallas Tornado, announced Degl’Innocenti’s death on his Facebook page Tuesday morning.

Degl’Innocenti passed away from COVID-19, Marcos said.

Marcos said Degl’Innocenti “was perhaps the first Argentine agent of any impact in the original NASL.” He cited several players the agent brought into the league, including Juan Carlos Michia, Carlos Babington, Roberto Alonzo, Mario Marazco and Omar Gomez.

“A pro himself at Racing Buenos Aires, above all a great guy,” Marcos wrote. “He’ll be sorely missed. … RIP my friend from the pampas.”