KANSAS CITY, Kan. —   The rounds of penalty kicks have provided some of the most lasting moments in Children’s Mercy Park history. An MLS championship in 2013. A U.S. Open Cup title one year earlier.

The latest round of them won’t secure Sporting KC a trophy.

But it gives the team a chance.

Sporting KC outlasted San Jose in penalty kicks 1-1 (5-4) in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals Wednesday in front of a home crowd of 16,193.

It has played three shootouts inside the Kansas City, Kan., venue, which has aged only six years. It’s won all three directly in front of a raucous Cauldron.

What gives?

“That’s the million-dollar question,” Sporting KC captain Matt Besler said. “I don’t know, but we do believe in them.”

Sporting KC will host the Open Cup championship on Sept. 20, against either the New York Red Bulls or FC Cincinnati, the first second-division team to reach the semifinals of the tournament in six years. That semifinal will be played Tuesday.

After Sporting KC and San Jose were tied through five rounds of penalty kicks Wednesday, goalkeeper Tim Melia made the decisive save, stopping an attempt from Victor Bernardez. It was perhaps a predictable ending, considering Melia’s success against penalty kicks this season. He has stopped three in MLS play.

But his counterpart, San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, had made 11 saves during regulation, the sole purpose for San Jose keeping the match tied.

“I told him right before the penalties I thought he had an excellent game and he kept his team in it,” Melia said. “He got his team to that point. It was my job to take it away from him.”

Diego Rubio, Ilie Sanchez, Jimmy Medranda, Daniel Salloi and Besler made penalty kicks for Sporting KC. After Benny Feilhaber missed the opening attempt, Melia stoned San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski to even the round. The two teams traded four conversions apiece before Besler made his attempt that proved to be the winner.

Next? The attempt for the fourth Open Cup championship in franchise history and the third in six seasons. Sporting KC also won titles in 2015, 2012 and 2004.