The FIFA Women's World Cup on June 11 was exciting with the USA defeating Thailand with a 13-0 score that was due in a large part to Alex Morgan, 29, who scored an incredibly impressive five goals in the match.
As well as Morgan's five goals, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis both scored twice, while there was one goal each for Lindsey Horan, Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and veteran Carli Lloyd. "It's embarrassing for the federations, and for FIFA as well", said Rapinoe as she reflected on the gulf between the world's top sides and the rest.
"For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful". And it's a tournament where goal differential is a criteria.
"A lot of this is about building momentum, so I don't find it my job to go and rein them in".
Others have argued that it was the first time on the World Cup stage for numerous American players, and they should be allowed to celebrate however they would like for working to get that far.
Opinion was split following the one-sided match, with some applauding the Americans for staying focused throughout, while others felt they should have eased off or not celebrated their goals with such enthusiasm.
The U.S.'s next World Cup match is against Chile on Sunday at Paris' Parc des Princes.
Many Twitter users also criticised the show of joy with the hashtag "UglyAmericans".
"We will try to get her back on the pitch before the end of the tournament, but we can´t make any predictions", said Voss-Tecklenburg, who described the 27 year-old as "irreplaceable".
Ellis was then asked if she thought there were teams that have a "fear factor" when it comes to the US.
"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that". Those feelings are what can help you through the tournament.
"I didn't really think about that while we were playing but right when we walked off".
Striker Alex Morgan scored five times as the holders began their World Cup campaign with the largest margin of victory in either the men's or women's World Cup.
Ellis added: "Look at Alex".
"You want the Americans to impose the slaughter rule or patronize their opponents by pretending they didn't just tack another goal onto the scoreline?"
Thailand boss Nuengrutai Srathongvian said: "We accept the score today". We haven't done enough.