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USA vs El Salvador live stream — how to watch World Cup qualifier online

USA vs El Salvador live stream: Christian Pulisic #10 of the United States moves with the ball during the CONCACAF Nations League Championship Final
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The USA vs El Salvador live stream is the American side's first step in the World Cup qualifiers, and while they're on the road, the odds favor them to win. That said, we've got some bad news. The USA tonight will be playing without Christian Pulisic — as a recent positive test for COVID-19 has placed him in the 10-day quarantine.

USA vs El Salvador live stream, date, time, channels

The USA vs El Salvador live stream takes place today (Thursday, September 2).
Time: 10:05 p.m. ET / 7:05 a.m. PT / 7:05 a.m. BST
• U.S. — Watch on Paramount Plus or Universo or CBS Sports Network via Sling or Fubo.TV
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

And that's not the only name out as USA enters this game at less than full health (though holding two CONCACAF trophies gained in this very year). Zack Steffen was the starting goalkeeper, but back spasms have him out. That said, most are seeing this as an unofficial warmup for the team. 

Potential powerful substitutions may be coming from Jordan Pefok and Konrad de la Fuente. USA will have Antonee Robinson, John Brooks, Mark McKenzie and Sergiño Dest in the back, from left to right.

In their way? Well, all of Estadio Cuscatlán (minus that section of American fans) will be willing their side to a win. Oh, and don't expect VAR. Concacaf isn't using it during the Octagonal. 

They line up as follows:

USA: Turner, Dest, Adams, Reyna, McKennie, Sargent, Aaronson, Robinson, Ream, De La Fuente, Yedlin

El Salvador: Gonzálet, Larín, Zavaleta, Rodríguez, Tamacas, Orellana, Monterroza, Cerén, Roldan, Henriquez, Rivas

Can USA start off on a winning way, or will El Salvador upset? You can find out by watching the USA vs El Salvador live stream — and we'll show you how to do that below. 

How to watch the USA vs El Salvador live stream from anywhere

The USA vs El Salvador live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Paramount Plus or another service and watch the game.

How to watch the USA vs El Salvador live stream in the US

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch the USA vs El Salvador live stream on Paramount Plus or on a variety of networks including CBS Sports Network, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and Universo. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET / 7:05 p.m. PT.

If you've already cut the cord, you can instead look to Sling TV: the Sling Blue + Best of Spanish TV combo (which is $40 per month) comes with more than 63 channels, including Universo. Plus, Sling is also offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10 right now. 

Or you could try Fubo.TV. It's a little more expensive, at $65 per month, but you get 117+ channels here, including CBS Sports Network, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Universo and Universo Now.

Sling TV offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. The Sling Blue + Best of Spanish combo, which you'll need for Universo, packs 63-plus channels.View Deal

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Can you watch the USA vs El Salvador live stream in the UK?

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In the U.K., the USA vs El Salvador live stream is not broadcast. 

Bad news, right? Those temporarily in the U.K. trying to watch with their existing subscription can still follow the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN

How to watch the USA vs El Salvador live stream in Canada

How to watch the USA vs El Salvador live stream in Canada — Canada flag

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OneSoccer and the CBS Sports Network are carrying the USA vs El Salvador live stream in Canada.

However, if you're in Canada temporarily you could always use a VPN such as ExpressVPN to watch the action in another country, provided you are a subscriber to the service in question.

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Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.