Hamilton soccer team names trademarked, 'Hamilton Steelers' among them

What sounds better, "Hamilton Steelers" or "Hamilton United?"
Tim Hortons field hosted the Pan Am soccer competition in 2015. Efforts are underway to have soccer return as part of a professional league. (The Associated Press)

Two Hamilton soccer team names have been trademarked, as a pro soccer team inches closer to reality.

Trademarks for the Canadian Premier League, the Hamilton Steelers and Hamilton United were all filed at the end of September.

The trademark information says the Steelers and United names include soccer competitions, games, and a host of merchandising like apparel, jerseys, and mobile apps.

The information for the league includes the organization of soccer competitions and soccer games.

Soccer Canada is still keeping quiet on the issue, as no official announcements about a league have been made. "We don't have anything to comment on at this time," said Brad Fougere, spokesperson for Canada Soccer.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have exclusive rights to soccer at Tim Hortons field, but the team has a deadline of March 2018 to get a team on the field, as per its lease agreement at the stadium.

John McGrane, a Canadian soccer hall-of-famer and 25-time national team member, said news was "imminent" of a pro soccer team when he proposed a bubble dome over the field back in February.

"This proposed dome wouldn't be being built if a professional soccer team wasn't a cornerstone," he said, in a previous interview. "The dome would not be built without the advent of a Canadian premier league."

Ticats owner Bob Young is to also be involved with the team.