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The Wizards and Capitals have may have a new good luck charm, and it's a D.C. sports star.

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney, who joined the club during the middle of the MLS season and completely turned United around from last place to a playofff berth, was in attendance at Capital One Arena for the Capitals victory Friday and the Wizards victory Saturday.

Following the Caps' 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils, Rooney went into the winning locker room, chatting and taking pictures with several Capitals players and staff.

The next night was very similar. After the Wizards defeated the Nets 102-88, several players talked about Rooney's presence at both the game, and his impact on D.C. as a whole.

"I don't watch soccer a lot, but when I do, he's definitely one of the guys I'm watching, one of my favorite players," guard Bradley Beal said. "His passion and energy is unmatched; he's been in the game a long time, and him [playing] in D.C. is amazing, too."

Beal showed out in front of Rooney, scoring 22 points en route to victory.

 

"I was a big fan of the Premier League; that league was always exciting to see," Tomas Satoransky said. "I always liked [Rooney's former club] Manchester United a little bit."

"It's great for the city, great for us, to be able to see a positive influence, a guy like that who's career is unbelievably magnified," Beal said. "He's a GOAT for sure." 

Rooney is all about supporting other D.C. teams as well.

"I know when other athletes come into our locker rooms after games, it’s nice to see other athletes supporting the team," Rooney said. "I’m sure football teams, the Wizards as well, it’s nice to have another athlete playing in D.C. coming in and saying hello. It’s important we all support each other."

After the Wizards victory, Rooney was able to sit down and talk with NBC Sports Washington about being the 'good luck charm.'

"I think it was obviously great to come, last night also," Rooney said. "Both teams won; I must be the lucky charm. I'll have to come back."

These were the first two games that Rooney has seen since coming to the United States. He enjoyed the differences between basketball and soccer, as well as how close he was to the action by sitting courtside.

“Yeah, it was great. Obviously my first game over here since I’ve been in the States," Rooney said on his first game. "I really enjoyed the difference, obviously, to the soccer ball. It was great to watch and being so close to the players. I think even being close to the coaches and seeing behind the scenes, off the court, was good to see.”

If Rooney is indeed a good luck charm, he is more than welcome back at Capital One Arena.

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