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It took United all of three minutes to respond, as Boskovic teed up Pontius 25 yards from goal with a back-heel pass the All-Star drilled into the lower corner.

With New England pushing for the equalizer after Neal’s goal, inserting attackers Dimitry Imbongo, Juan Toja and Benny Feilhaber, Hamid bailed out a helter-skelter back line in the contest’s closing minutes, making a trio of point-blank saves in quick succession to secure the result.

So it’s one match survived without De Rosario — six to go.

“It was hectic back there late on,” Hamid said. “We wanted to stay as tidy as possible and not give them any chances. Unfortunately, we got a little mixed up in the end, but we came out with the W and we stayed strong.”

NOTE: United inducted Olsen, who played with United from 1998 to 2009, as the seventh player in the club’s Hall of Tradition during a pregame ceremony. “I’m excited,” Olsen said. “I’ll probably be more excited 20 years down the line when I look back and see that I’m on there.”