Wright-Phillips scored in the opening minute for New York, pouncing on Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo's initial blocked shot after 29-seconds.
Lloyd Sam was tripped on his way to goal in the 53rd minute and Wright-Phillips converted the ensuing penalty kick. Less than two minutes later, Wright-Phillips tapped home a cross from short range. He was replaced by Tom Cahill in the 58th, with the Australian striker scoring 7 minutes later to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Wright-Phillips leads the MLS Golden Boot standings with 24 goals and has five regular-season games left to break the MLS record of 27 held by Roy Lassiter and Chris Wondolowski.
Clint Dempsey entered the game in the 60th minute and scored 2 minutes later for Seattle.
In the Western Conference, Alan Gordon headed in Robbie Keane's cross in the 84th minute to lift the Los Angeles Galaxy's to a 2-1 comeback victory over FC Dallas and clinch a playoff spot for Los Angeles.
Gordon had just entered the game in the 75th minute as a substitute for Gyasi Zardes, before Robbie Keane's clever run and cross to set up the winning strike.
Earlier Keane had scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute. Zardes stripped FC Dallas defender Victor Ulloa in the middle of the box and fed Keane for his 15th goal of the season.
Blas Perez opened the scoring for FC Dallas in the 54th minute with a header off Andres Escobar's cross.
At Portland, Fanendo Adi scored twice in the Portland Timbers' 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps to move the Timbers ahead of Vancouver for the fifth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.
Adi scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season in the second half. The first came in the 66th minute, after Valeri's steal and pass sent Adi in one-on-one on Ousted. Adi struck again four minutes later off Darlington Nagbe's pass.
Higuain curled his free kick around the Revolution's wall into the upper-right corner for his 10th goal of the season.
Bobby Shuttleworth saved Higuain's penalty kick in the 85th minute to keep New England in the match, but the Revolution failed to find the equalizing goal in the final minutes.
The Crew moved alone into the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Philadelphia Union, who drew 0-0 with the Houston Dynamo.
At Bridgeview, Illinois, Matt Watson scored from a deflected long range strike in the 78th minute to give Chicago a 3-3 draw with D.C. United — its MLS record-equaling 16th draw of the season.
Quincy Amarikwa gave Chicago the lead in the 16th minute. He settled a cross with his chest, took two touches to elude the defense and bent in a shot. Amarikwa was clipped inside the box in the 30th minute and Jeff Larentowicz converted the penalty kick for a 2-0 lead.
Luis Silva's penalty kick put D.C. on the board in the 39th minute, before grabbing his brace in the 54th minute from a free kick.
D.C. took its first lead at 3-2 in the 68th minute on Bobby Boswell's strike before Watson's shot ricocheted off a defender and landed in the back of the net.
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