"Anyone who has broken a toe knows how much it hurts", said Voss-Tecklenburg, who described the 27 year-old as "irreplaceable".
On Tuesday, however, the team must do as it has done so many times over the years and deploy its blinders. The 2015 World Cup champion retired in October of the same year.
After five goals from Alex Morgan and 13 total goals from seven different players, the USA team walked out with a 13-0 win.
Ten of their goals came in the second half as the U.S. set a new record for the biggest winning margin in a women's World Cup match, bettering Germany's 11-0 defeat of Argentina in 2007.
It can be easy to get distracted not only by off-field matters in a World Cup, but with the tournament's on-field stories happening away from the US camp.
The 13-0 scoreline was a true reflection of the match.
But the defending champions are eager to make up for the failure of 2016 and the performance in Reims sent out an ominous warning to the teams with hopes of taking the title.
The Netherlands dominated the game with 69 percent possession and managed 17 attempts, yet their goal came before the match ended up with a goalless draw as Roord came from the bench to steer her header into the net from a close range following a sustained period of attacks. Players are ready, excited and hungry. We're also fans of football.
"I live and breathe it, it's everything", Bendixen said.
Solo, so often a distraction during her time with the team, proved she can still fill that role admirably away from the group this week, making incendiary comments about Ellis during her role as a pundit for the BBC. The Thais will be firm underdogs in the group F encounter and they don't have history on their side - the only time these two countries have previously met in women's competition was in 2016 when the U.S. helped themselves to a thumping 9-0 win. After a score by Mallory Pugh, she equaled Michelle Akers' mark of five goals in a World Cup match in the 87th minute.
Household namesIn their lawsuit, the players cited that the U.S. Men's National Team players get paid more, even though they are less successful. "And it means Thailand can play with the best teams in the world". "I do respect every opponent here, because sometimes it's incredibly hard to get here", commented Ellis.