FC Dallas US Development Academy Under-16 champions (2016)

Which club has the best academy in MLS?

ED. NOTE: The Generation adidas Cup kicks off on Friday and below you can find where all MLS academies stand as of January 2017.

While MLS continues to bring in talent from abroad (both veterans and youngsters), academies have become more and more important to club development as the game grows here in the United States.

Who's doing the best job of finding and developing that talent?

That's what Top Drawer Soccer's Will Parchman (a frequent contributor to this site) set out to rank. Here are his findings, along with his opinions on the best products out of each team's academy -- and the top prospects coming through the ranks now.

Here's a hint: The No. 1 ranking probably won't be much of a surprise to anyone who follows academy soccer.

Where does your team rate? What do you think of the ratings? Which players are you most hoping to see sign Homegrown deals?

In the meantime, here are the latest updates involving some of the best young academy products in MLS: