What league ? This league is falling apart as we speak. MLS academies do not want to play non-MLS academies and the MLS is losing their shirt. Did you see the billionaire investor behind the Sacramento franchise just bailed out. He basically said I am not going to pay a $200 mln expansion franchise fee to MLS and another $200 mln to build a stadium to join a league that has no big tv contract and each franchise is losing an average of $100 mln per year. The franchises have no money for a serious youth program. Some MLS academies are so fed up they are quietly knocking on the ECNL door.
For this area - the true MLS academies make up 1-2 teams per region tops. I don't care what you call it, at the older age groups, these academy teams are a step up from any other competition they would play (outside of maybe 1 or 2 outliers) and the clubs represented are very well established so got to keep it going in some capacity.