FIFA.com's World Leagues review takes you on a whistle-stop tour of domestic action outside Europe. This week, it is the half-way point of the campaign in Brazil, there is drama in USA, contrasting fortunes for the new clubs in Australia, while Korea Republic's leaders are under pressure from the chasing pack. We also take a look at the latest results in Uzbekistan and Kenya.
Brasileirao: Palmeiras claim mid-way honour
Palmeiras finished the first half of the season with a two-point margin at the top thanks to a battling 1-1 draw with the visiting Botafogo. Andre Lima opened the scoring for mid-table Botafogo, with Danilo replying for the leaders before the break. Champions Sao Paolo moved to within four points of the lead but needed a last-gasp winner from Hugo to see off the challenge of Sport Recife in a feisty encounter that included three red cards.
Big game: Coritiba defeated Fluminense 3-1 at the Maracana in a crucial contest for two of the competition's cellar-dwellers. With only three wins from 19 matches, traditional giants Fluminense are now second from the bottom and four points from safety.
Headline-grabber: Unheralded Goias moved into second, defender Julio Cesar proving the unlikely hero with his injury-time goal ensuring all three points and a dramatic 3-2 victory over Vitoria.
American Major League Soccer: Drama and intrigue
Houston Dynamo were held to a scoreless draw on the road by Real Salt Lake and, in doing so, lost the outright lead of the MLS standings, although they still hold a seven-point advantage in the Western Conference. Columbus Crew moved alongside Houston after seeing off Dallas to record their fifth straight win. USA defender Chad Marshall and midfielder Eddie Gaven scored for the Crew, who have now gone almost two months unbeaten.
Big game: Peter Vermes' first outing as Kansas City Wizards interim coach following the departure of Curt Onalfo ended in disappointment as Chicago Fire took away a 2-0 result thanks to move within four points of Columbus.
Headline-grabber: David Beckham's red card after just 17 minutes for a challenge on former team-mate Peter Vagenas claimed all the headlines and overshadowed Seattle Sounders' 2-0 win over LA Galaxy. Prior to Beckham's exit, midfielder Steve Zakuani scored the opener, with Colombian international striker Fredy Montero adding his tenth of the campaign early in the second half.
Australian A-League: Joy and Fury for new boys
New clubs Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury could not have had more polar opposite openings to their tenure in the A-League. Gold Coast overpowered Fury 5-0 to record their second straight win to sit atop the standings, while Robbie Fowler's side were left marooned at the bottom with two successive losses. Joining United at the summit are Sydney FC, who needed a second-half goal from Mark Bridge to see off a resolute Adelaide United.
Big game: Reigning champions Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar shared six goals and a point apiece in a titanic struggle between two genuine title contenders. Danny Tiatto's thunderous strike was the highlight in a game containing a number of memorable goals.
Headline-grabber: New Zealand international Shane Smeltz grabbed a stunning four-goal haul in Gold Coast's win to show that he has last none of the predatory skills that took him to last season's golden-boot crown.
Korean K-League: Leaders under challenge
Leaders Seoul consolidated pole position by defeating Gyeongnam FC 2-1 at home thanks to a late winner from Jung Jo-Gook. Pohang Steelers were held to a 1-1 draw by Seongnam Chunma but closed the gap on second-placed Jeonbuk Motors to two points ahead of their trip to Jeonju this weekend.
Big game: Chunnam Dragons leapfrogged into sixth after a comprehensive 4-1 victory against newcomers Gangwon at home. Alexander Petrovic and Adriano Chuva made it 2-0 before the interval, with Lee Gyu-Ro and Kim Min-Ho rounding off a rare goalfest in Gwangyang.
Headline-grabber: Incheon United finally won for the first time in eight league games, edging Gwangju Sangmu 1-0 at home. Kang Soo-Il proved the star turn, slotting home from close range after Yoo Byung-Soo's header had hit the bar.
Bunyodkor were comprehensive 4-1 winners over Metallurg to take a remarkable 15-point lead in the Uzbekistan League after 18 rounds. Anvar Soliev, Brazilian superstar Rivaldo, AFC Player of the Year Server Djeparov and Joao Victor all applied their names to the scoresheet. Rivals Pakhtakor failed to make an impression, losing to an injury time winner from Muidin Mamazulunov for Almalyk.
In Kenya, Tusker were displaced from top spot after being held 1-1 at Agro-Chemical, allowing Sofapaka to take a two-point advantage thanks to their 1-0 win over Bandari.